German exports up in July

German exports increased for a third straight month in July. That boosted the country’s trade surplus and fuelled hopes that a recovery in


Tuesday 8th September

After performing strongly for most of the day, European shares turned lower near the end of the session. That was after the Conference Board, a


Gold prices sustainable?

Gold has been trading above the psychologically powerful 1,000 dollars an ounce level, with some analysts talking about it beating last year’s record


UK retailers still suffering

British retail sales fell last month compared with August last year. It was the first decline since May. The British Retail Consortium’s monthly


More train chaos in Berlin

For the second time in as many months, there is chaos on Berlin’s railway network, affecting tens of thousands of passengers. Three quarters of


The house that generates energy

Here in Denmark, near Aarhus, the world’s first Active House is being tested. Thanks to 50m2 of solar panels, solar collectors and a heat pump, over


3D comes of age at IFA

IFA in Berlin is the largest annual consumer electronics fair in Europe. Essentially, this is where manufacturers show off their latest gizmos and


Cartier in the Forbidden City

Cartier has opened an exhibition of their jewellery in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. The display showcases more than 350 pieces, many of


Hjortshoj the eco-village

In Denmark, in the eco-village of Hjortshoj near Aarhus, they are using new technologies and working together to carve out a sustainable life style