A man walks past an AVIVA logo outside the company's head office in the city of London March 5, 2009. Credit: Reuters/Stephen Hird.
Prices also won support after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi signalled readiness to act quickly to deter deflation, sparking fresh stimulus hopes.
LONDON: Britain's public finances improved slightly in October but finance minister George Osborne is still unlikely to meet his budget goals before next year's general election.
A man stands outside a building as people use Intesa Sanpaolo automated teller machines (ATMs) in Milan. Photo: Reuters. mail · print.
The euro extended declines on speculation the European Central Bank may expand its stimulus program to include government debt purchases, while the yuan held losses after China unexpectedly cut interest rates.