05 March – 09 March

05 March

Growth in China’s services sector pulled back in February but remained in sight of the almost six-year high recorded in January, according to a private survey.

Speculators continued to pile on long positions in grains, soyabeans and other agricultural commodities as adverse weather in various key growing regions led to expectations of smaller crops.

China’s dominant social media platform WeChat has hit 1bn accounts, highlighting the popularity of the pervasive service used for everything from communication to shopping.

Burned. Blue Apron shares took a hit on Monday after Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, unveiled plans to greatly expand its mealkit offering.

06 March

Australia’s central bank held its key interest rate unchanged at its March meeting as wage growth and inflation remained low.

There’s no relief for the Canadian dollar on Monday, with the currency extending its earlier decline to weaken below the C$1.30 mark for the first time since July.

Google has sold the restaurant review guide Zagat to The Infatuation, a food recommendation site that rose to prominence through savvy use of hashtags and tantalising Instagram photos.

Target kept the tills ringing over the holiday season – albeit at a price. The Minneapolis-based retailer on Tuesday reported a hefty 10 per cent jump in sales to $22.77bn during its fiscal fourth quarter, as shoppers snapped up everything from toys to pressure cookers and pieces from the company’s new home decor collaboration with Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines.

07 March

The eurozone economy grew last year at a slightly slower pace than initially thought, according to a revised set of data released on Wednesday, which also confirmed that the bloc’s expansion was the quickest in a decade.

Poland’s state-owned stock exchange group (GPW) said on Tuesday that it had submitted a non-binding offer for a controlling stake in the Tel Aviv exchange, in a move that comes as Polish-Israeli relations are at their lowest ebb for many years.

Weight Watchers shares are down in pre-market trading on Wednesday after Oprah Winfrey reduced her stake in the dieting company to help support her philanthropic efforts.

With Facebook suffering a worrying decline in usage among under-24-year-olds in the vital US market, Mark Zuckerberg’s company is pursuing a new potential growth engine: music.

08 March

What’s the German for ‘oops’? New industrial orders slumped by 3.9 per cent in January from the previous month, preliminary data from the country’s stats office showed on Thursday — a much deeper pullback than the 1.6 per cent contraction pencilled in by economists in a Reuters poll..

Stocks rose in Asia trading after the Trump administration showed signs of softening its plans for sweeping new tariffs on steel and aluminium, with White House officials raising the possibility that Canada, Mexico and other countries could be excluded.

The company behind Jack Daniel’s whiskey warned on Wednesday that it could become “an unfortunate and unintended victim” of president Donald Trump’s steel tariff proposal should America’s trade partners decide to hit back with retaliatory measures.

Shares in the world’s biggest advertising companies fell on Wednesday as concerns over how big brands are changing their marketing spending continued to reverberate across the industry.

09 March

Saudi Arabia is set to use surplus oil revenues to bolster the financial firepower of its $230bn sovereign wealth fund, shifting additional billions into the vehicle spearheading Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic modernisation efforts.

The Mexican peso jumped to its strongest against the US dollar in almost a fortnight after President Donald Trump said he was willing to carve out exceptions to new steel and aluminium tariffs for “real friends”.

Stocks in South Korea rallied and the Korean won firmed on Friday after South Korea revealed that US president Donald Trump had agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The construction company Rydon Group that refurbished the Grenfell Tower residential block before a fire that killed 71 people saw a 50 per cent rise in its profits last year.