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  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- U.S. factory activity slipped in July and consumer spending advanced at its slowest pace in four months in June, indicating that the economy had lost some momentum recently. "We expect growth momentum to re-accelerate over the next few months, providing the Fed with the necessary confidence they need to raise rates in September," said Millan...

  • The top executive at the maker of Subaru automobiles joked that he would have to wear a helmet on an upcoming trip to the United States. Subaru's U.S. sales have almost doubled in the past four years. Subaru's " Love Promise," in which it pledges to make "a positive impact in the world," has helped build loyal consumers in states like California, New York and Washington.

  • *Japan machinery orders hit 7- yr highs, German exports surge. LONDON, July 9- Crude oil prices bounced on Thursday on strong economic data from Japan and Germany, and as Chinese shares picked up after the government launched new steps to halt a rout in its stock markets. Demand for oil was also supported by the return from maintenance of a 120,000 barrels per day...

  • *Japan machinery orders hit 7- yr highs, German exports surge. SINGAPORE, July 9- Crude oil prices bounced on Thursday on strong economic data from Japan and Germany, and as Chinese stocks picked up after the government launched new steps to stop a rout in its share markets. Demand for oil was also supported by the return from maintenance of a 120,000- barrels per day...

  • *Greek debt crisis, China's slowdown pose some risks. TOKYO, July 9- The value of Japan's core machinery orders rose to a 7- year high in May and were up for the third-straight month, adding to recent evidence of a steady pick-up in spending by firms and raising hopes of a more durable economic recovery. Thursday's data and a key central bank survey last week suggest...

  • TOKYO, July 9- Japan's core machinery orders in May unexpectedly grew for a third straight month, with the total value reaching a 7- year high and adding to recent evidence of a steady pickup in business spending seen as vital for a durable economic recovery. The Cabinet office said the value of core orders reached its highest levels since June 2008.

  • TOKYO, July 9- Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly rose 0.6 percent in May from the previous month, up three months in a row, the Cabinet Office said on Thursday, in a sign that capital spending is steadily picking up. The rise in core orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine months, compared...

  • July 8- Apple Inc is preparing for the largest initial production run for its next iPhones by the end of the year, the Wall Street journal reported. Apple is also considering a third assembler, Taiwan- based Wistron Corp to help produce the new phones, the paper said. Last year, Apple relied on Hon Hai Precision Industry Co and Pegatron Corp..

  • Rubbing along with robots tackles Abe's double dilemma Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 8:59 PM ET

    *Japan capex up 11 pct in Jan-March on prior quarter. TOKYO, July 5- Factory worker Satomi Iwata has new co-workers, a troupe of humanoid automata that are helping to address two of Japan's most pressing concerns- a shortage of labour and a need for growth. The 19 robots, which cost her employer Glory Ltd about 7.4 million yen each, have eye-like sensors and two arms that...

  • NEW DELHI, July 2- For years Indian businesses have lobbied for a nationwide sales tax, hoping to replace a chaotic structure that inflates costs and halts their trucks at state borders for duty payments, and to unify the country into one of the world's largest single markets. India's top business groups are now calling for a slowdown in the process as they try to...

  • *Private payrolls up 237,000 in June, largest gain in six months. WASHINGTON, July 1- U.S. private employers hired the most workers in six months in June and factory activity accelerated, providing fresh evidence the economy was gathering solid momentum after contracting at the start of the year. A strong June jobs number would make it clear the economy can absorb a...

  • SANTA MARIA, California, June 11- At a Zodiac Aerospace seat factory in the small town of Santa Maria north of Los Angeles, workers on the assembly line frequently sit idle, waiting for parts to arrive. The parts supply and other problems at the California factory offer explanations for Zodiac's warning to shareholders on Thursday that it likely would fail to meet...

  • *Core orders +3.8 pct m/m vs forecast -2.0 pct. TOKYO, June 10- Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly rose in April at the fastest pace in four months, in a sign companies are turning more optimistic about business investment as domestic demand strengthens. "Capital expenditure is headed in the right direction, reflecting an improvement in domestic demand,"...

  • Japan April core machinery orders up 3.8 pct mth/mth Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 7:54 PM ET

    TOKYO, June 10- Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly rose 3.8 percent in April from the previous month, the Cabinet Office said on Wednesday, in a sign that capital expenditure is gaining strength. The rise in core orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine months, compared with the median...

  • TOKYO, June 5- Japan's economy was expected to expand faster pace than initially projected in the first quarter, helped by a pickup in capital spending, a Reuters poll showed, suggesting firms' business investment supports gradual economic recovery. Data due next week is also seen as likely to show Japan's core machinery orders slipped in April, but analysts see...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- U.S. consumer spending unexpectedly stalled in April as households cut back on purchases of automobiles and continued to boost savings, suggesting the economy was struggling to gain momentum early in the second quarter. We need to see more of a rebound in growth before the Fed pulls the trigger on interest rates, "said Diane Swonk, chief...

  • *March core orders +2.9 pct vs forecast +1.8 pct. TOKYO, May 18- Japan's core machinery orders grew in March for the first time in two months but they are seen sliding in the current quarter, suggesting that weak capital spending could further sap momentum from an economy struggling to rebound from a recession. "Japanese firms are not in a situation where they can...

  • *March core orders +2.9 pct vs forecast +1.8 pct. *Core orders up 3rd straight qtr, seen down ahead. TOKYO, May 18- Japan's core machinery orders grew in March for the first time in two months but they are seen slipping in the current quarter, suggesting that weak capital spending could further sap momentum from an economy struggling to rebound from a recession.

  • TOKYO, May 18- Japan's core machinery orders increased 2.9 percent in March from the previous month, rising for the first time in two months, the Cabinet Office said on Monday, in a sign of a pick-up in business investment. The rise in core orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine months, compared with...

  • Ranbaxy filed "grossly inadequate" applications seeking approval for its drugs and deceived the FDA into granting approvals and giving the company market exclusivity, the class action lawsuit asserts. The FDA has banned import of drugs from all of Ranbaxy's India- based plants under a wider scrutiny of the country's $15 billion pharmaceutical industry,...