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  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, March 24- Euro zone businesses ramped up activity this month as the European Central Bank started printing money to spur economic growth, while a slowdown among Chinese factories fueled expectations of more monetary stimulus. The Eurozone Composite Flash Purchasing Managers' Index from data vendor Markit, based on surveys of thousands of...

  • *HSBC/ Market flash PMI signals persistent weakness in economy. BEIJING, March 24- Activity in China's factory sector dipped to a 11- month low in March as new orders shrank, a private survey showed, signalling persistent weakness in the world's second-largest economy that will likely fuel calls for more policy easing to support growth. The flash HSBC/ Markit...

  • *HSBC/ Market flash PMI signals persistent weakness in economy. BEIJING, March 24- Activity in China's factory sector dipped to a 11- month low in March as new orders shrank, a private survey showed, signalling persistent weakness in the world's second-largest economy that will likely fuel calls for more policy easing to support growth. The flash HSBC/ Markit...

  • DIARY-Emerging Markets Economic Events to April 6 Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    MAKATI CITY, Philippines- Asian Development Bank to release Asian Development Outlook Report 2015- 0130 GMT. MANILA- Philippines Investment Forum 2015. Philippines President Benigno S Aquino III, Philippines Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Philippines Central Bank Amando M Tetangco Jr are the key speakers. PRAGUE- Czech Republic Finance Minister...

  • MOSCOW, March 23- Lower oil prices will have a long-lasting impact on Russia, Central Bank First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudayeva said on Monday. The Russian economy is forecast this year to slip into recession for the first time since the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2009, hit by declining crude prices and sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role...

  • Energy is the economic lifeblood of Russia, which vies with the United States and Saudi Arabia to be the world's top oil producer, and the sector is the main target of Western sanctions over Moscow's role in the conflict in Ukraine. Russia could respond by squeezing the gas exports on which Europe relies heavily. "If you start playing around with oil prices, Russia...

  • Historians may record March 2015 as the moment when China's checkbook diplomacy came of age, giving the world's number two economy a greater role in shaping global economic governance at the expense of the United States and the international financial institutions it has dominated since World War Two. Irked that London had stolen a march, Germany, France and...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 3 Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    MONDAY, MARCH 23 BRUSSELS- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks at the quarterly hearing before the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament- 1400 GMT. PODGORICA, Montenegro- European Central Bank policymaker Benoit Coeure speaks at an event to celebrate the conclusion of a cooperation program organized by the...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 1 Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    MIAMI, United States- U.S Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will participate in a moderated conversation hosted by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Miami Dade College. ATHENS, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the Georgia Law Review Symposium- 1420 GMT.

  • Other foreign car firms have also cut back due to a recession deepened by the low price of oil, Russia's main export earner, and Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine conflict. But Avtovaz President Bo Andersson has said the Lada is Russia's car for a crisis and forecast it would increase its share of the economy vehicle sector from 40 to 50 percent.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- In eight International Monetary Fund programs since independence in 1991, Ukraine has completed just one successfully. Ukraine's finance minister believes the IMF's money is "not forever", but over-optimistic economic assumptions and continued fighting in the east of the country will probably mean Ukraine will end up depending on...

  • *Russian economy hit by sanctions, oil price fall. MOSCOW, March 19- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it was still too soon to feel confident about the country's economy, in comments backed up by a raft of fresh data showing a slump in retail sales and wages and rising unemployment. However, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov suggested the worst was...

  • Economic downturn pushes Brazilians into informal economy Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 11:12 AM ET

    BRASILIA, March 19- Mounting job losses are pushing more and more Brazilians into the informal economy as self-employed workers, leaving them vulnerable to what could be the country's worst recession in 25 years. Self-employed workers, most of them earning no more than about $450 a month, now represent 19.5 percent of employees in Brazil's main cities- the...

  • MOSCOW, March 19- Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday the worst was over for Russia's economy, which has been hit by Western economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and the fall in global oil prices. The rouble, which in mid-December fell briefly to 80 roubles per dollar, has been trading at around 60 roubles per dollar in recent weeks.

  • SHANGHAI, March 18- The yuan posted its strongest daily gain in a year as the People's Bank of China set a stronger midpoint on Wednesday and big state-owned banks sold dollars, possibly on behalf of the central bank, traders said. The yuan ended at 6.2294 per dollar, rising 0.33 percent from Tuesday to make its biggest daily rise since March 24. 2014. It was also its...

  • *China shares to outperform Hong Kong peers- analysts. SHANGHAI, March 18- China stocks rallied for the sixth straight session on Wednesday, powered by cyclical sectors such as steel, highways and property, as weak economic data raised investors' hopes of fresh stimulus. The weak reading following numbers on Tuesday which showed foreign direct investment in...

  • MUMBAI, March 17- Emerging markets need to be prepared for the impact of a rise in U.S. interest rates which could still surprise in both timing and pace, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said on Tuesday. In a speech in Mumbai, Lagarde warned that there could be a repeat of the so-called "taper tantrum" seen in 2013 when then Federal Reserve...

  • SHANGHAI, March 17- China's yuan is set for its biggest rise against the dollar in six weeks after the central bank fixed a firmer midpoint on Tuesday. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1585 per dollar prior to market open on Tuesday, firmer than the previous fix at 6.1615. The currency has been under heavy downward pressure since late 2014, hit by...

  • SAO PAULO, March 16- Huge demonstrations against President Dilma Rousseff over the weekend will make it harder for her to fix Brazil's finances and repair the economic damage from a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA. Rousseff is seen as safe from any impeachment threat for now since it is unlikely her opponents could marshal...

  • NEW DELHI, March 16- The global recovery is "too slow, too brittle and too lopsided", the head of the International Monetary Fund said in India on Monday, describing Asia's third-largest economy as a rare bright spot on a cloudy global horizon. In a speech in New Delhi, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that monetary policy in the world's leading economies...