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  1. Business - Economy - PMI

    Japan manufacturing activity shrinks for first time in a year

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 09:48am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Japan’s manufacturing activity contracted in April for the first time in more than a year, a survey showed on Wednesday, as companies cut production immediately following ... threshold that separates expansion from contraction for the first time since February last year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government raised the national sales tax to 8 per cent from 5 per cent ...

  2. Business - Companies

    Samsung quarterly profit falls for first time in two years as new iPhones snatch sales

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 03:07pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul Samsung Electronics posted its first decline in quarterly profit in two years, hit by a one-off special bonus as well as slowing smartphone sales as it braces for a year of tougher competition with rival Apple. The world’s biggest smartph ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance

    Financial jobs in London increase for first time in nearly 2 years

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 04:02pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London The number of new financial services jobs in London rose for the first time in almost two years last month, research showed on Monday, which recruiters said was a sign ... jobs were created in the City financial district, up by two-thirds versus the same month in 2012, according to research by recruitment firm Astbury Marsden. It was the first time in 22 months ...

  4. Business - Commodities

    Gold drops below US$1,200 for the first time in five months

    Posted Dec 20th 2013, 02:58am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg Precious metal drops below US$1,200 an ounce as trimmed stimulus hits demand for safe assets Gold hits five-month low as US scales back easing Gold dropped below US$1,200 an ounce to a five-month low as the United States Federal Reserve trimmed ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance

    Bitcoin tops US$1,000 for first time

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 09:16am by Reuters in New York

    ... Reuters in New York Virtual digital currency was trading at US$215 at the beginning of the month The price of the digital currency bitcoin soared above US$1,000 for the first time on Wednesday, extending a surge this month after a US Senate hearing on virtual currencies. Bitcoin hit a high of US$1,073 on Tokyo-based exchange Mt. Gox, the best-known operator of a bitcoin digital ...

  6. Business - Money

    Dow closes above 16,000 for first time

    Posted Nov 22nd 2013, 09:24am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New York The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the psychological threshold of 16,000 for the first time on Thursday, extending a rally in which the gauge has added over 22 per cent this year. The index rose 109.17 points (0.69 per cent) to a new closing high of 16,009.99. The broad-based S&P 500 jumped 14.48 points (0.81 per cent) ...

  7. Business - Companies

    Macy's to open on US Thanksgiving for first time

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 11:18am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York Macy’s will open most of its stores on the US Thanksgiving Day holiday for the first time in its history, in a sign of how competitive the holiday season is shaping up ... some stores for business on Thanksgiving for the first time. Sears’ namesake chain was also open. Target opened at 9pm on Thanksgiving last year, three hours earlier than a year earlier, when ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance

    Ranks of first-time debt issuers on the rise

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com Deals from market newcomers exceed 37pc of total for HK and mainland firms Ranks of first-time debt issuers on the rise More freshmen issuers are turning ... deals from first-time issuers accounted for 37.6 per cent of all deals from mainland and Hong Kong issuers in the year's first eight months, almost double the proportion in 2010, Dealogic ...

  9. Business - Money

    Facebook shares break US$45 for first time since 2012 IPO

    Posted Sep 12th 2013, 09:58am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in San Francisco Shares of Facebook rose more than 3 per cent to a new high Wednesday, valuing the world’s No. 1 social network at US$106 billion, as investors focused on its recent mobile advertising advances and the potential to expand ad revenu ...

  10. Business - Money

    China June exports fall for first time in 17 months

    Posted Jul 10th 2013, 10:05am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing China’s exports fell 3.1 per cent in June from a year earlier, the first decline since January last year, while imports dropped 0.7 per cent, leaving the country with a trade surplus of US$27.1 billion for the month, Reuters reported on ...




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