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.
TWO major central banks have moved to pump up flagging global growth, sending stockmarkets soaring but raising new questions about the limitations of a seven-year effort to use monetary policy to address economic problems.