Oil set for biggest monthly rise in 6 years

Prices lifted by upbeat demand and supply disruptions

Spain’s Podemos starts to talk business

Talks are sign that the anti-austerity movement is too big to ignore

Stocks steady after strong month

Euro near recent lows ahead of ECB QE

Japan flirts with return to deflation

Core inflation drop to 0.2% may undermine credibility of Abenomics

Palestinians hit as Israel withholds tax

Donors fear delicate status quo in conflict under threat

India flirts with double-digit growth

Bullish finance ministry survey issued on eve of budget

US shale town ‘hurting bad’ in oil slump

Producers retrench after near halving of prices since summer

Bank of England banishes ‘fireside chats’

Central bank overhauls City dealings in transparency drive