Here is a round-up of the financial news from around the world:

1. Barclays plc (BCS)  posted weaker-than-expected full-year earnings Thursday and reduced its bonus pool as the U.K. lender came to the end of its ongoing restructuring program.

2. Germany's economy expanded at the fastest pace in five years in 2016, according to data published Thursday, as a weaker euro helped lift exports and domestic demand boosted growth to the strongest level of any advanced nation in the world.

3. PSA Peugeut SA (PEUGF)  posted much better-than-expected full-year earnings Thursday and said it would pay shareholders the first dividend in six years after a solid 2017 outlook.

4. British American Tobacco plc (BTI)  posted stronger-than-expected full-year earnings and boosted its dividend as the group prepares to close its $50 billion takeover of Reynolds American  (RAI)

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