A ROUNDUP of news in finance, economics and business from around the world:
WASHINGTON - The US economy grew at an annual pace of 2.5 per cent in the second quarter, faster than the original estimate of 1.7 per cent.
WASHINGTON - New claims for US unemployment benefits have fallen as the jobs market slowly improves.
LISBON - Portugal's Constitutional Court has struck down a key provision of the government's latest austerity program, once again throwing the country's EU-IMF bailout into confusion.
NEW YORK - Thousands of workers at McDonald's and other fast food outlets across the US have gone on strike in a growing movement for higher wages.
ATHENS - Some 1500 civil servants have marched in Athens to protest job layoffs and transfers that are part of a overhaul of the public sector demanded by Greece's creditors.
MUMBAI - India's battered rupee has jumped 3.27 per cent following the central bank's new moves to support the currency, erasing most of its losses from the day before when it posted a record low.
ZURICH - Liechtenstein's oldest bank has revealed the damage to profits from a deal to pay millions of dollars to settle a dispute over its alleged role in helping clients dodge US taxes.
LONDON - Vodafone is in talks on a possible sale of its stake in US joint-venture Verizon Wireless, which is said to be worth more than $US100 billion ($A112.49 billion).