A gauge of U.K. consumer confidence rose for the first time since January but remained below zero as the upcoming referendum on European Union membership weighed on sentiment.
Consumer prices in Japan retreated further in April, again calling into question the effectiveness of the Bank of Japan's recent experiment with negative interest rates.
Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) actually beat some City forecasts at the half-year stage, although you wouldn't think so looking at its dreadful share price.
Pensioners will see thousands of pounds wiped off the value of their retirement funds if the UK votes to leave the European Union, according to Treasury analysis.
HS2 is an over-priced, gold-plated project and will fail in many of its objectives, a group of transport experts has warned. The academics support high-speed rail overall, but say HS2 is five times more expensive than its French equivalent.