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  1. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Australia's July jobless rate soars to 12-year high

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:28am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australia's jobless rate soars to 12-year high Australia's jobless rate jumped to a 12-year high of 6.4 per cent last month in what could be a major blow to consumer confidence, knocking the Australian dollar lower as markets priced in a greater chance that interest rates could be cut. The leap was a surprise as analysts had expected it to stay ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1568633/australias-july-jobless-rate-soars-12-year-high
  2. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Australian growth outlook uncertain, says central bank

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:18am by BLOOM

    ... forces at play and reiterated that interest rates are set to remain on hold. Members "noted the significant uncertainties around the growth forecast and the importance of considering the risks to the forecast as well as the central projection," the Reserve Bank of Australia said in minutes released yesterday of its August 5 meeting, where it kept the cash rate unchanged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1577240/australian-growth-outlook-uncertain-says-central-bank
  3. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Changing tides could shift focus from China to Africa

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:33am by JUNE SUN

    ... "This is much sooner than many expected, and at a rate that will accelerate in an almost exponential manner over the coming decades," the HSBC report said. China previously benefited from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1580413/changing-tides-could-shift-focus-china-africa
  4. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Forecasts for Hong Kong growth downbeat

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by Arthur Chan

    ... said this range was too wide. "[Second-half] economic growth in Hong Kong will at most be 2 per cent, and the annual growth rate will be much lower than 3 per cent," he said. ... to 2.5 per cent from the previous 2 per cent. Leung said the wide range of the government's expectation indicated it was taking into account unknown factors. He expects the unemployment rate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1576268/forecasts-hong-kong-growth-downbeat
  5. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Mainland China growth rates don't add up

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:09am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Benjamin Robertson benjamin.robertson@scmp.com Economists are questioning China's official GDP rates, saying the numbers no longer fit reality Mainland growth rates don't add up ... the second-largest economy when compared against other nations using market exchange rates. When economies are growing quickly, Wu said, people would not worry "if there is 1 or 2 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1553600/mainland-china-growth-rates-dont-add
  6. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief Norman Chan adds to gloom on economy

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:28pm by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com Norman Chan says higher rates in US may spur capital flight in region and hurt city HKMA chief adds to gloom on economy Hong Kong's de facto central bank chief Norman Chan Tak-lam warned that the city's financial system could come under pressure when the United States raises its interest rates- a day after Financial Secretary John Tsang ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571643/hong-kong-monetary-authority-chief-norman-chan-adds-gloom-economy
  7. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Hong Kong economy slows as stocks climb, property booms

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 06:20pm by Amy Nip

    ... reversals of cross-border fund flows due to uncertainties over interest rates. The Federal Reserve in the United States plans to stop buying Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed assets in October, signalling its confidence in economic growth without its support. But it remains unknown when it will take the more drastic step of increasing interest rates. "We may see significant changes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1574301/hong-kong-lowers-annual-growth-forecast-after-worst-quarter-2012
  8. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Don't get burnt on hot money flowing into Hong Kong, investors warned

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 11:51pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Don't get burnt, say officials as billions flowing in ahead of cross-border stock scheme could leave due to poor outlook and US rate rise Hot money ... to bet on the stock market could leave just as quickly due to a poor economic outlook and fears of a US interest rate rise. "The government will keep a close eye on the risks of fund flows ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1572450/dont-get-burned-hot-money-flowing-hong-kong-investors-warned
  9. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Hong Kong to lower annual economic growth forecast on Friday, says John Tsang

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 02:22pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... and capital investment hit a five-year low, while the jobless rate rose to 3.2 per cent from 3.1 per cent of the working age population in the second quarter. Tsang said officials would hold a press ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571292/hong-kong-will-lower-annual-economic-growth-forecast-friday-says-john
  10. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Trade boost fails to dispel fears over contraction in German economy

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 04:10am by Reuters

    ... month-on-month increase since November 2010 and a rebound from a sharp drop in May, official data showed. Exports grew 0.9 per cent, nearly double the rate expected by economists in a poll. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1569585/trade-boost-fails-dispel-fears-over-contraction-german-economy

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