The European Central Bank is ready to use unconventional tools to cope with any overly prolonged period of low inflation, the ECB's vice president said, although he added that "people seem to expect too much from central banks." While reiterating the ECB's readiness to take further action if needed, Vitor Constancio also pressed euro zone governments on Thursday to take measures to promote investment and spur demand as the bloc faces a slow recovery. The ECB opened the door after its policy meeting last Thursday to turning on its money-printing presses to keep inflation from staying too low.
BP executives said on Thursday, the company can help enhance relations between Russia and the West and is talking to politicians across the world, as they sought to calm shareholders' concerns over the oil major's large exposure to Russia. Russia and the West are in a stand-off over Ukraine that is reminiscent of the Cold War. In the last few days, tensions have risen in the mainly Russian-speaking eastern part of Ukraine.
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Online ad revenue in the United States grew to $42.8 billion in 2013, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Internet Advertising Revenue Report. That’s up 17 percent from 2012, and it means that for the first time, the total is higher than broadcast TV, which was at $40.1 billion. “The news that interactive has outperformed broadcast television should come as no surprise,” said IAB President and CEO Randall Rothenberg in the report release .