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  1. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    New Zealand raises key rate but not done yet

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 03:41pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Wellington Fall in the dollar may push rise even higher as central bank looks to contain inflation pressure NZ sees neutral level for cash rate as high as 5pc New Zealand's central bank sees the neutral level for its cash rate possibly as high as 5 per cent, deputy governor Grant Spencer said, indicating the bank might need to raise rates more if the local currency ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Jobless rate could rise if retail sales keep declining, financial secretary warns

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 03:03am by Phila Siu

    ... unemployment rate of 3.1 per cent may go up if retail sales continue to shrink and the external business environment does not improve, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah warned yesterday. He ... to shrink, there will be huge pressure on the employment market. The currently low unemployment rate of 3.1 per cent may rise, affecting low-skilled workers in particular," he wrote. He pointed ...

  3. News - China - ECONOMY

    US Treasury secretary leaves talks with China pledge to reduce currency intervention

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:36am by Victoria Ruan

    ... accelerate the move towards a more market-determined exchange rate and is essential for creating a level playing field", Lew said at a briefing yesterday after the conclusion of the two-day ... whether rates will go up or down. But [that] they are increasingly driven by the market with less and less intervention is a good thing." China recorded another month of significant trade ...

  4. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Weaker June inflation data may prompt more stimulus from Beijing

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 10:45am by Reuters

    ... "The weak inflation data leaves more scope for Beijing to step up use of targeted measures and even opens the opportunity window for blanket easing policy, such as an interest rate cut, ... 2015 economic growth meets its target of 7.5 per cent, but they are divided whether it will stick to small-scale measures used so far or take more aggressive steps such as interest rate cuts ...

  5. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    World Bank chief backs launch of BRICS bank

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:20am by Victoria Ruan

    ... "affordable quality care", especially for its ageing population and a middle class facing chronic diseases. The World Bank has forecast China's economic growth rate will reach about 7.6 per ...

  6. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    BOE refuses to budge as data points to higher rates

    Posted May 26th 2014, 05:06am by DAVID BROWN

    ... David Brown The UK economy is booming, with retail spending, home prices, inflation and the pound rising, while the central bank defers on higher rates Bubbling Britain Britain is booming and the time for higher interest rates has arrived, but try telling that to either fast-spending consumers or the monetary mavens at the Bank of England. Politics and currency considerations ...

  7. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Shanghai cuts negative list to woo foreign investment

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 01:45am by Daniel Ren

    ... for further economic reforms on the mainland. However, long-heralded major liberalisations in the zone, including full convertibility of the yuan and the introduction of a market-based interest rate ...

  8. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Abe's economic reforms seen as falling short in Japan growth push

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 02:37am by Reuters

    ... economists in a survey forecast that the plan could boost Japan's potential growth rate by 0.2 to 1.5 percentage points from its current level of about 0.5 per cent. But they noted that it would ... years before the potential growth rate rises," said Kenji Yumoto, the vice-chairman of the Japan Research Institute. Yumoto said it was possible, but very difficult, for Japan to hit ...

  9. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Euro-zone business growth slows amid price-cutting

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 05:58am by Reuters

    ... shrank at the fastest rate in four months. "The overall picture is one of fairly sluggish growth as opposed to any rip-roaring acceleration," said Chris Williamson, financial data firm ... in and there is little prospect for any improvement as we move into the second half," Williamson said. Meanwhile, the US manufacturing sector expanded more strongly than expected, with the rate of growth ...

  10. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Joining trade pact to boost China growth

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 02:37am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Beijing Central bank's chief research economist believes China must join Trans-Pacific Partnership talks Joining trade pact to boost growth rate China would add about ... 2 percentage points to their growth rates as part of the TPP, the presentation said. While joining the talks may help China counter an economic slowdown without resorting to large-scale stimulus, ...




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