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Britain's services sector have recorded its weakest growth in more than two years last month, mirroring signs of economic weakness in the United States and China.
Oil prices have slid following a mixed US petroleum report that showed an increase in reserves but a dip in production.
European stocks have shot higher as investors enjoyed a respite from volatile Chinese markets being closed for a long holiday weekend.
A national mind-shift towards sustainable energy may have played a role in Eskom providing uninterrupted power for 18 consecutive days, says an expert.
World stocks have risen, lifted by the strong rally on Wall Street the previous day, but investors were cautious ahead of a potentially critical 24 hours.
European shares have advanced in early trading, tracking strong gains on Wall Street, ahead of a European Central Bank meeting.
The dollar has risen against the yen, extending its recovery from losses, as confidence in global markets returned owing to solid US economic data.
US shares have put on a solid rally, with investors piling back into blue chips and especially tech stocks as a Fed report depicted steady US economic growth.