Solid U.S jobs numbers

  • American unemployment rate falls to 5.8 per cent as economy adds 214,000 jobs; labour force grew. 
  • Russian Central Bank says its could take steps to boost the rouble 'at any moment'; currency's fall had accelerated in recent days. 
  • George Osborne claims that the United Kingdom will pay only half of its £1.7bn bill from the European Union and will do so in two separate instalments; changes to UK rebate cast some doubt on Cameron governments claim of victory over EU. 
  • Stress tests carried out by the ECB cost the Irish Central Bank €17.6m; Central Bank reviewed data submitted by Irish banks before passing it on to the ECB (Irish Times).