Economic crime against businesses and other organisations continues to rise around the world. Some 37% of respondents, a 3% rise since 2011, say they have been victims of economic crime, according to PwC's 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey.
Consumers around the world bought gold in record amounts in 2013, led by demand in China and India, with China becoming the world's biggest gold market, according to the latest World Gold Council Gold Demand Trends report.
Russia's foreign exchange reserves, including monetary gold, special drawing rights, reserve position at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and forex declined to $490.2 billion as of February 7, 2014.
U.K. inflation cooled in January, slowing to below the Bank of England's 2 percent target. Consumer prices rose an annual 1.9 percent, down from 2 percent in December, the Office for National Statistics said.
An alliance representing more than a thousand European cities wrote to Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, calling for binding 2030 targets of 40% for energy efficiency, and 30% for renewable energy, in line with a European Parliament proposal.
The credibility of Chinese companies has yet to improve. Worldwide research by public relations firm Edelman showed only 36% of interviewees trust companies headquartered in China, just a little higher than for companies in India
The first three months of the table grape's export season (from October to December 2013) amounted to $314.5 million, 21.4% more than in the same period of the previous campaign (2012/2013), according to Adex.