FLOWER POWER: A representative of the Ateliers de Tonton Pierrot brand stands next to sugar flower bouquets during Europain 2014, a World Bakery, Patisserie and Catering exhibition which was held north of Paris on Sunday. (Pierre Andrieu, AFP)
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UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has lifted its stake in the group's Indian subsidiary to 75%, which will allow the unit to keep trading on the Indian stock market.
China's CSI300 index slid to its lowest in nearly nine months after data showed exports unexpectedly tumbled, rekindling fears of a slowdown.
Asian markets have tumbled following a surprisingly poor batch of data out of China, while revised Japanese figures showed 2013 growth was slower than expected.
Oil prices have eased in Asian trade as soft Chinese trade figures stoked concerns over demand in the world's top energy consumer, analysts said.
February was a gloomy month for the Zimbabwean equities market, despite both Zimbabwe Stock Exchange indices recording marginal gains.
Eskom says its electricity supply system remains under strain but the utility is not expecting further power cuts.
US job growth has accelerated sharply in February despite the icy weather that gripped much of the nation, easing fears of an abrupt economic slowdown.
The boom in onshore natural gas output in the US has brought down power prices and may be contributing to a "reshoring" of jobs from overseas, says Ben Bernanke.