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  1. Business - Economy

    Private schools, dental visits fuel Australian inflation, pushing interest rate cuts off the table

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 03:18pm by Reuters

    ... economy slows. The stubbornness of domestic inflation is proving most unwelcome to policymakers who want to keep interest rates at rock-bottom levels as Australia struggles through the autumn of a historic mining boom. It means that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) could be forced to close the door on further rate cuts when it holds its first policy meeting of the year on Tuesday. ...

  2. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    China's mild inflation rise leaves door open for rate cut

    Posted May 09th 2013, 11:22am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com As consumer price index rises 2.4 per cent in year to April, experts say central bank could ease policy to reduce rate differentials Mainland inflation up but rate cut possible Chinese inflation rose in April from March but remained relatively low, leaving room for the central bank to cut rates to stem capital inflows and spur ...

  3. Business - Economy

    Australia inflation below forecast, rate cut eyed

    Posted Apr 24th 2013, 02:05pm by AFP

    ... of an interest rate cut. The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.4 per cent quarter on quarter and 2.5 per cent year on year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. Analysts had predicted 0.7 per cent ... The Australian dollar dropped from US$1.0275 to $1.0238 on the data as investors saw them stoking chances of a central bank interest rate cut from the 3.0 per cent it has been at since December. Data ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - RETAIL

    Supermarket prices surge above rate of inflation

    Posted Apr 16th 2013, 12:00am by THOMAS CHAN AND DENNIS CHONG

    ... Thomas Chan and Dennis Chong Supermarket prices surge above rate of inflation Supermarket prices have risen by an average of 6.8 per cent over the past year, with eggs, infant formula and canned fish soaring above the prices of other household basics, the latest consumer watchdog survey has revealed. The Consumer Council conducted an annual poll of the prices of 200 common ...

  5. Business - Economy

    China expected to keep interest rates unchanged

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by Ray Chan

    ... Ray Chan ray.utchan@scmp.com Mainland expected to keep rates unchanged Mainland officials are expected to keep interest rates on hold in the first half of the year, a central bank adviser said, easing concerns that Beijing may raise rates after inflation reached a 10-month high last month. "The central government doesn't have imminent pressure to rein in macroeconomic ...

  6. Fed rates pledge spurs PBOC to boost yuan rate against dollar

    Posted Aug 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... vow to keep interest rates at a record low. The People's Bank of China yesterday set its reference rate 0.27 per cent stronger at 6.3991 yuan per dollar, the biggest rise since November last year. The yuan is allowed to trade up to 0.5 per cent on either side of the official rate. The yuan's appreciation came amid weakening prospects for the greenback on speculation ...

  7. Business - Economy

    India on course to cut rates this week

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New Delhi Expected interest rate reduction in response to economic reforms and lower inflation India on course to cut rates this week India's central bank is expected to cut interest rates this week for the first time in nine months in response to the government's recent economic reforms and slowing inflation, economists say. With inflation ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance

    Draghi leaves rate-cut door ajar as ECB lowers economic forecasts

    Posted Dec 07th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Frankfurt Weakness expected to persist into 2013 as risks to outlook remain on downside Rate-cut door ajar as ECB lowers forecasts The European Central Bank lowered its economic and inflation forecasts, and president Mario Draghi said weakness would persist into next year, leaving the door ajar for further interest-rate cuts. "Weak activity is expected ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance

    South African central bank holds key rate, fears inflation

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 10:24pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Pretoria Despite weak economic growth South Africa’s Reserve Bank opted to leave interest rates on hold on Thursday, fearing any move to stimulate the economy now could fuel inflation. The bank left its key interest rate at 5.0 per cent, underscoring a growing quandary facing policymakers in Africa’s largest economy, who expect inflation to peak early ...

  10. Business - Commodities

    Running out of interest rate room

    Posted Oct 13th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Beijing Record grain prices are raising the spectre of inflation across the country, encroaching on the central bank's scope to cut interest rates rate room A US drought ... Inflation was 1.9 per cent last month, according to the median forecast in a survey before a report on Monday. Credit Agricole CIB says the rate might approach 4 per cent by the end of the year ...




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