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  1. 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

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Poor April figures and troubling external business factors worry financial secretary Fall in retail sales could cost jobs, Tsang says Hong Kong's 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1528229/jobless-rate-could-rise-if-retail-sales-keep-declining-financial
  2. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Slump in luxury sales offers little hope rents will become affordable for small shop owners

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 11:16pm by DENISE TANG

    ... this happen, government initiatives are needed." Mak was speaking a day after the government reported a 9.8 per cent fall in retail sales in April, the biggest in five years. She said consumer ... for mainlanders in 2003 was coming to an end. Last year, 40 million mainland visitors came to Hong Kong, generating about a third of the city's retail sales. Their number has been forecast to hit 100 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1525540/slump-luxury-sales-offers-little-hope-rents-will-become-affordable
  3. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Japan's industrial output rises in May, signalling rebound after tax hike

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Reuters

    ... of a national sales tax rise, underscoring views the economy will absorb the increase largely unscathed. The 0.5 per cent month-on-month rise compared with the median estimate of a 0.9 per cent increase ... in the summer from the April 1 sales tax rise and spending slump in the current quarter. That rebound could further dampen expectations the Bank of Japan will ease policy again this year, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1543897/japans-industrial-output-rises-may-signalling-rebound-after-tax
  4. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    US jobless claims show surprise increase in week

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:57am by Reuters

    ... week. Retail sales rose less than expected last month, but that probably will do little to change expectations of an acceleration in growth this quarter as data for the previous months was revised higher. The commerce department said retail sales, which account for a third of consumer spending, gained 0.3 per cent after a revised 0.5 per cent jump in April. Economists had forecast ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1531111/us-jobless-claims-show-surprise-increase-week
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - ECONOMY

    Why economic stimulus no longer works for China

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 10:42am by Derek Scissors

    ... economic improvement. But mainland economic data is not nearly accurate enough to render the very slight upticks in industrial production, retail sales and other indicators at all meaningful. ... is the top priority and the jobs situation is acceptable. While the property market is suffering, from a national standpoint it needs to suffer. Higher property prices and sales would only heighten ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1538761/why-economic-stimulus-no-longer-works-china
  6. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Worst may be over for China economy as stimulus kicks in

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:21am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com Weakness in property offset by strong infrastructure investment and more robust retail sales, indicating initial success in policy ... Kuijs, economist, RBS Home sales value in the first five months dropped 10.2 per cent, while sales of office building units fell 14 per cent. However, the weakness in the real estate sector was offset ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1532113/worst-may-be-over-china-economy-stimulus-kicks
  7. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    BOJ mulls big balance sheet after CPI target

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:57am by Bloomberg

    ... stimulus measures. The central bank discussions parallel preparations at the Federal Reserve to avoid an exit strategy of asset sales. "There's no need for the BOJ balance sheet to go ... on concern that selling bonds from a US$4.3 trillion portfolio could crush the US recovery. Minutes of their last meeting made no mention of asset sales. Officials worry that such sales would spark ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1531064/boj-mulls-big-balance-sheet-after-cpi-target
  8. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    US Federal Reserve prepares to keep balance sheet near records

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:57am by Bloomberg

    ... the unprecedented easing they deployed to battle the worst recession since the Great Depression. Minutes of their last meeting in April made no mention of asset sales. Officials worry that such sales would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1531067/us-federal-reserve-prepares-keep-balance-sheet-near-records
  9. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Bank of Japan stands pat as Kuroda sees ‘gentle recovery’

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 03:43pm by Reuters

    ... inflation target next year without additional stimulus. Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the economy was showing signs of having weathered a sales tax increase in April that had been watched ... third-largest economy will continue its modest recovery, with companies ramping up capital spending and consumer confidence holding up despite the pain from the recent sales tax increase. Sluggish ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1531600/bank-japan-stands-pat-kuroda-sees-gentle-recovery
  10. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Beijing prodded to act on growth amid risk of further slowdown

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 03:07am by Victoria Ruan

    ... re-lending- in which the central bank lends money to banks, which put up collateral- to support micro businesses and boosting the sale of bonds to fund specific projects. Some economists said measures ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1523465/beijing-prodded-act-growth-amid-risk-further-slowdown

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