21 April 2014 Last updated at 02:39

Japan's trade deficit quadruplesA natural gas power station in Japan

Japan's trade deficit quadrupled last month compared to March 2013, as export growth slows and energy imports continue to rise.


Mortgage application formUK housing market 'shows resilience'

The "resilient" UK housing market recorded another increase in mortgage lending in March, according to a lenders' group.

National People's Congress exteriorChina's 7.4% growth beats forecast

China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.

Linda Yueh Article written by Linda Yueh Linda Yueh Chief business correspondent

Why China is doing better

China's economic growth of 7.4% in the first quarter is in line with the country's 2014 annual year-on-year target of about 7.5% growth.

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