*Shanghai copper gets lift via upbeat China economic survey. SYDNEY, Dec 18- London copper was lower on Thursday, shedding modest overnight gains in step with weaker oil, while Shanghai copper futures ended flat, stabilised by a positive economic survey of Chinese companies. Sales, profits, and employment in China improved "a bit" during the second half of the year,...» Read More
Goldman Sachs Group Inc reduced its risk-taking for a third straight year, with potential losses from trading dropping to the lowest level in seven years.
The risk that Britain is entering its third recession in four years grew with manufacturing shrank unexpectedly last month and mortgage approvals for home buyers dropped in January.
A dramatic anti-austerity vote leaves Italy lying outside the fortress the European Central Bank constructed around the euro zone last September.
Entertainment-to-telecoms conglomerate Vivendi said on Tuesday it could give no full-year group outlook until it had more clarity on key asset sales, prompting its shares to slip.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking to put at the top of the Bank of Japan two officials with different views on how to beat deflation, which could complicate decision-making in an already split board.
Cypriot president-elect Nicos Anastasiades faces weeks of difficult talks with foreign lenders on a financial rescue for the island nation after sweeping to a resounding victory in a run-off election on Sunday.
Central bank insiders interviewed by Reuters say the People's Bank of China (PBOC) is the country's most potent force for reform in the face of powerful vested interests.
Silvio Berlusconi's resurgence and the rise of a foul-mouthed populist comedian have thrown Italy's weekend election wide open, with deep uncertainty over whether the poll can produce a positive outcome.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to spend more than $100 billion on infrastructure in the next 15 months to help revive his country's economy. But does the ultra-modern nation need it?
China's central bank governor, Zhou Xiaochuan, is set to keep his job next month despite reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65, in a bid by Beijing's new leaders.
The Justice Department and AB InBev asked a court for a short delay as the Budweiser parent seeks to save a $20 billion beer deal.
The government's sale of a $10 billion stake in Japan Tobacco, the world's third-largest tobacco company, is expected to kick off within days after bankers met on Tuesday over deal details.
Global miner BHP Billiton appointed the head of its non-ferrous business as its new chief executive on Wednesday to replace Marius Kloppers.
David Einhorn reiterated his arguments that a judge should block a shareholder vote on Apple's proposal to eliminate its ability to issue preferred shares without investor approval.
Ford, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Toyota led European car sales to a new low in January, kicking off 2013 with an 8.5 percent decline, the Association of European carmakers said on Tuesday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is out to prove that the man who threw in the towel after barely a year in office has what it takes to survive as a long-term leader.
Chinese telecommunications company Huawei said on Monday it had not worked with an institute in Singapore on any projects in the specialist field of an American engineer who died mysteriously last year.
British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives in India on Monday to try to win new investment in the face of fierce global competition.
Former top financial bureaucrat Toshiro Muto is the leading candidate to become Japan's next central bank governor with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to pick a nominee as early as this week.
Investors are betting Indian bonds are set for their biggest rally since the global financial crisis, wagering that a government will put fiscal discipline ahead of election largess.