Not only is Germany outpacing its rivals, it is also racking up a record budget surplus. New figures show that Germany ran a net surplus of €23.7bn last year, which is the highest surplus achieved since reunification in 19990.
London's deep, liquid markets and the breadth of its financial and professional services mean that it stands unrivalled as a European financial centre, which is one of the reasons why it has dominated the foreign exchange market in such a decisive way.
PSA has reported a doubling of full-year profits in results that highlighted the growing strength of the company as it attempts to buy the European operations of General Motors.
British Gas has said the competitive nature of the UK's energy market was one of the reasons why its profits fell last year. Operating profits at its residential energy supply business fell 11% last year to �553m, from �623m in 2015.
I was sorry Kraft Heinz's �115 billion bid for Unilever collapsed so fast - unveiled on Friday, it was dead by Sunday. Not that I saw the aggressor as a worthy potential victor; but a longer battle would have provided great material for column-sermons ...