BERLIN (Reuters) - Weak investment spending and slow trade led Germany to contract for the first time in over a year in the second quarter, data showed, suggesting Europe's largest economy is running out of steam just as the impact of the crisis in Ukraine starts to bite.
LONDON (Reuters) - Neil Woodford, one of Britain's most high-profile fund managers, said he has sold his fund's stake in banking group HSBC , citing concerns over the potential impact on the company of several industry-wide probes.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Growth in China's vast factory sector slackened in August as foreign and domestic demand slowed, stoking speculation that further policy easing would be needed to prevent the economy from stumbling once more.
LONDON (Reuters) - European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia's conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control on Monday, as investors focused on the European Central Bank's meeting this week and hopes it will strengthen its stimulus plans.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will tell his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at a summit on Monday that Japan aims to double its direct investment in India in five years from some $2 billion (1.2 billion pounds) last year, the Nikkei business daily reported.
PARIS (Reuters) - French manufacturing activity shrank at the fastest pace in 15 months in August as new orders, employment and stocks of purchases all contracted more sharply, a survey showed on Monday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Len Blavatnik's investment group Access Industries said on Monday it planned to buy out the rest of Perform that it did not already own, valuing the entire sports rights firm at 701.6 million pounds.
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Caixabank said on Monday that its acquisition of Barclays' retail and corporate banking operations in the country would bring around 150 million euros (118.45 million pounds) in gross cost savings by 2016.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany posted a budget surplus of 16.1 billion euros (12.71 billion pounds) in the first half of 2014, highlighting the strength of the country's finances at a time when Berlin faces pressure to loosen the fiscal reins and spend more to boost flagging growth in Europe.
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatability of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company.
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan will maintain its existing stimulus policy and optimistic economic view on when it meets on Thursday, sources say, preferring to take more time to gauge whether a run of weak data is sufficient to threaten a fragile recovery.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's parliament has formally approved changes to the budget law allowing local governments to issue bonds directly, a reform that could help stabilise government financing by creating the country's first municipal bond market.
(Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger, Bloomberg said on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the situation.
BEIJING (Reuters) - An index of growth in China's vast manufacturing sector fell from a 27-month high to 51.1 in August, a government study showed on Monday, slightly less than forecast and adding to signs of growing softness in the Chinese economy.