UK economy returns to pre-crisis level

Growth hits 0.8% in second quarter

Japan’s inflation slows for second month

Annual core CPI at 1.3% in June, excluding impact of VAT increase

IMF slices global growth forecasts

Weak US and emerging market data spur downgrade

South Africa open to curbs on strike action

Deputy president proposes secret ballots

Service industry gives eurozone a boost

Periphery PMI grows at fastest pace for seven years

Fears grow over decline in bond liquidity

Corporate debt market could be at risk of sharp sell-off

Ukraine gas deadlock poses threat to EU

Supply threatened as stalemate over price continues

Drought drains critical US water supply

Researchers shocked by depletion of Colorado River Basin