Stock markets rise after the US Federal Reserve decides to pump more money into the economy, but fears over the eurozone resurface as reports of Spanish bailout talks are denied.
Activity in the UK construction sector was down 10.1% in the year to July, according to official figures.
South Korea unveils a fresh stimulus plan, its second in four days, in a bid to revive growth in its economy.
The number of people out of work fell by 7,000 to 2.59 million in the three months to July, according to the Office for National Statistics.
China’s Premier, Wen Jiabao, tells the World Economic Forum in Tianjin that his country is on track to hit growth targets for this year.
Vince Cable confirms that the government is moving ahead with plans for a government-backed “business bank” to boost lending to UK firms.
China’s exports grow less-than-forecast and imports fall in August, adding to fears about a sharp slowdown in its economy.
Japan revises down its growth numbers for the second quarter, raising concerns about a slowdown in the world’s third-largest economy.
The euro reaches a two-month high against the US dollar as the European Central Bank’s bond-buying plans continue to please the markets.
The US economy created a lower-than-expected 96,000 jobs in August, official figures show, while the jobless rate fell to 8.1%.