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By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) – A rally in China’s stock markets to seven year highs on Monday kept an index of Asian shares near its highest level since September, as weak Chinese trade data hardened expectations for more economic stimulus measures from Beijing. The Chinese markets’ bull run has been fuelled by speculative buying Read More

By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) – World stocks marched higher again on Thursday, drawing support from European auto sales and German trade data, while expectations that the first U.S. interest rate increase will come in the latter part of the year continue to grow. Investors also breathed a sigh of relief as Greece confirmed it Read More

By Emma Thomasson HERZOGENAURACH, Germany (Reuters) – Adidas <ADSGn.DE> plans to speed up production and allow shoppers to customize more shoes and clothes, aiming to accelerate sales and profit growth over the next five years. The German sportswear firm, which has been losing ground for years to fast-growing rival Nike <NKE.N>, said it was testing Read More

By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares started the week on a strong note on Monday after a weaker U.S. dollar helped fuel gains on Wall Street. The greenback remained under pressure in Asian trading, with the dollar index <.DXY> edging down about 0.1 percent to 97.828, moving away from recent 12-year highs and Read More

By Edward Taylor MUNICH (Reuters) – German carmaker BMW AG (BMWG.DE) said it expects 2015 sales volume and group profit before tax to rise by a medium to high single-digit percentage, issuing more subdued guidance than a year ago amid higher investment costs for new technologies. BMW had last year predicted significant growth in 2014 Read More

By Blaise Robinson PARIS (Reuters) – European stocks dipped on Friday but remained on track to post their best monthly performance in over three years, lifted by hopes the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme will revive the region’s economic growth and corporate earnings. The FTSEurofirst 300 (.FTEU3) index of top European shares was set Read More

By Atul Prakash LONDON (Reuters) – The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index <.FTEU3> edged higher on Friday and headed for its best monthly performance in three years, with positive German retail sales data improving sentiment and helping the benchmark DAX index <.GDAXI>. The FTSEurofirst 300 was up 0.1 percent at 1,473.99 points by 0850 GMT. The Read More