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Asia markets tentative ahead of Opec meeting

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Banks, Financial

RBS emerges as biggest failure in tough UK bank stress tests

Royal Bank of Scotland has emerged as the biggest failure in the UK’s annual stress tests, forcing the state-controlled lender to present regulators with a new plan to bolster its capital position by at least £2bn. Barclays and Standard Chartered also failed to meet some of their minimum hurdles in the toughest stress scenario ever […]

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Barclays: life in the old dog yet

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German business confidence dips

Posted on November 24, 2016

Business confidence in Germany slipped slightly from last month’s two-and-a-half-year highs in November, according to a closely-watched survey by the country’s Institute for Economic Research.

Ifo’s overall business climate index edged down from 110.5 to 110.4, with a decline in expectations offsetting an improvement in businesses’ assessments of current trading.

Assessments of current business increased slightly to 115.6, but the measure of future business expectations fell back to 105.5 after jumping last month.

Germany’s official statistics agency confirmed a slowdown in economic growth in the third quarter this morning, but the Bundesbank has predicted the economy will enjoy a significant rebound. Ifo president Clemens Fuest said “the economic upturn in Germany remains intact”.

Mr Fuest added that “the German economy seems to be unfazed” by Donald Trump’s US election victory, despite the think tank’s warning earlier this month that the result represents a “major risk” for the world economy.