A new report suggests that African economies resemble those of Medieval Europe, and so hopes of sustained growth across the continent are unrealistic.
The return of the economy to growth, however anaemic, allows the Chancellor to maintain the narrative that the UK is "healing".
In the wake of the negative GDP figures, the London mayor joins the chorus of voices questioning austerity.
This was all so avoidable, and entirely predictable.
Surprising new ONS figures show manufacturing predictions were overly optimistic.
New economic forecasts from the OECD show how bad austerity has been for growth.
Household spending will continue to be subdued.
The new IMF boss's comments make awkward reading for George Osborne.