Friday 12:00 GMT. Tokyo stocks surged to a seven-year peak and the yen is slumping to its weakest in more than six years after the Bank of Japan surprised investors with a fresh big burst of stimulus.
The annual rate of inflation in the eurozone picked up slightly in October, but marked its 13th straight month at less than half the rate targeted by the European Central Bank.
The UK Government has said that it will 'retire' �218m of the UK's �2bn First World War debt by refinancing bonds issued in 1917.
Household suppliers defend their refusal to slash bills in a year when gas costs have tumbled by almost a quarter. 11:54, UK, Friday 31 October 2014.
Britain's banks will be forced to maintain significant financial safety nets under rules announced on Friday that industry leaders say could raise the cost of mortgages and penalise building societies.