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  1. Business - Economy

    Standard & Poor's upgrades Cyprus

    Posted Jul 04th 2013, 02:56pm by Reuters

    ... Standard & Poor’s has upgraded the sovereign foreign credit rating on Cyprus to CCC-plus from selective default following completion of an exchange of bonds the credit rating agency deemed distressed. Cyprus undertook a 1 billion euros (HK$10.1 billio ...

  2. Business - Economy

    Euro-zone economy shrinks despite German growth

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters in Brussels and Berlin Second quarter figures show 0.2pc contraction, even though Germany managed 0.3pc growth Stricken euro-zone economy shrinks The euro zone's debt-ravaged ... contract in the summer. It is fundamentally in good structural shape, but can't decouple from the recession in the euro zone, plus the global economy has also shifted down a gear." Aside ...

  3. Business - Economy

    Greek budget targets on track, recession pushes down prices

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 10:29am by Reuters

    ... in May, providing some relief to household hit by the deep slump and wage cuts. Consumer prices fell 0.4 per cent year-on-year in May, turning Greece’s inflation differential versus the euro zone ...

  4. More euro-zone gloom leaves market twisting in the wind

    Posted Oct 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to the euro-zone crisis, sending global markets into the stratosphere; the other is that share prices will continue to twist in the winds of internecine EU dithering. The investor who figures out which ... Jasper Moiseiwitsch jasper.moiseiwitsch@scmp.com Hong Kong equities were battered by euro-zone pressures once again last week, as news that Moody's had downgraded Spain's ...

  5. HSBC plan on track but euro zone vexes

    Posted May 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lulu Chen lulu.chen@scmp.com HSBC is on track to meet the goals of its three-year turnaround plan but is worried about the unfolding crisis in the euro zone. The bank yesterday said ... is 'how the euro zone plays out and whether Greece stays in ... and, frankly, whether markets take things into their own hands before June 17 [when Greek elections are held].' HSBC had also ...

  6. Forget Achilles heels, euro zone's weakness is unleavened

    Posted May 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for the European Central Bank. The reputation of any central bank relies on its commitment to the disciplines of a sound currency. The ECB was put to the test as the Greek crisis unfolded and as the fiscal ... a crisis it was afraid to face. This was the sort of remedy that might have been cooked up in Athens. It will likely have a Greek-style result. I am not a big believer in the euro. I have always ...

  7. Euro-zone worries trigger sell-off

    Posted May 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the election in France, where president-elect Francois Hollande was taking a firm stand against the austerity measures advocated by Germany. The policy gulf between the two biggest euro-zone economies ... in the euro zone. Hong Kong was the second-worst performing stock market in Asia after Japan, where the Nikkei-225 Index fell 2.78 per cent. The Hang Seng Volatility Index made its biggest advance ...

  8. Troubled times for euro zone

    Posted Jun 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Adrian Lo

    ... debts has caused the cost of borrowing for the other weaker euro zone countries- such as Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Spain- to rise. And the countries with stronger economies, especially Germany, now have to find the cash to keep Greece afloat. This huge operation breaks a key rule agreed by the euro zone countries- one which banned bailouts for nations which lived beyond ...

  9. Euro zone woes set to dominate Beijing talks

    Posted May 21st 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... the talks. But the euro zone woes could delay progress. 'The European sovereign debt crisis has thrown a spanner in the works of the global recovery, and a resumption of the yuan's stalled ... Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao yesterday stood firm on Beijing's exchange rate policy and hinted that the euro zone's woes were the real focus of attention. The second Sino-US strategic ...

  10. Business - Companies

    Russians snap up luxury homes on Spanish coast

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 01:44pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Playa de Oro, Spain Russians are snapping up luxury villas surrounded by lush vegetation along Spain’s rugged Mediterranean coast, drawn by a mild climate and relaxed lifestyle, proving the country’s ailing economy with a much-need ...




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