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  • India's headline inflation rate moderated to its lowest level in more than three years in January, helped by a slower rise in fuel and manufactured goods prices.

  • Why You Should Look Past Japan's GDP Miss Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 1:42 AM ET

    Japan's economy contracted again in the final three months of last year, highlighting that the world's third biggest economy remains in recession. Still, analysts argue it's the outlook that investors should pay attention to.

  • Japan Still in Recession, but Pickup Likely This Year Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 | 6:57 PM ET

    Japan's economy contracted for the third consecutive quarter in October-December, showing the country is struggling to escape from a mild recession.

  • India's Investment Malaise Thwarting Economic Rebound Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 6:36 PM ET

    Being a big wheel in the earth mover business, Vipin Sondhi has a very clear idea why the Indian economy is stuck in the mud and what the government must do to change the mindset of business executives, like himself.

  • G-7 Fires Warning Shot Over Currencies Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 11:33 AM ET
    A trader monitors the foreign exchange and stocks index in Tokyo.

    Monetary policies must not be directed at devaluing currencies, the Group of Seven nations said in a statement aimed at cooling growing international tensions over exchange rates and prompting yen to surge.

  • Global Think Tank Pushes for Tougher Tax Reforms Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 8:43 AM ET

    As millions of American taxpayers get ready to file their returns, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development is pushing for countries to get tougher on corporate tax reform.

  • India's December Industrial Output Contracts 0.6% Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 1:08 AM ET

    India's industrial production fell an unexpected 0.6 percent in December from a year earlier weighed down by manufacturing, government data showed on Tuesday.

  • G20 to Skirt Potholes as World Economy Recovers Sunday, 10 Feb 2013 | 6:39 PM ET

    With the road ahead looking a bit smoother, G20 finance ministers will be happy to ignore the wreck in the rear-view mirror when they meet this week to steer a course for the world economy.

  • Japan posted its smallest annual current account surplus on record in 2012 after weak global demand and a rise in energy imports pushed its monthly balance into deficit for a second straight month.

  • China Exports Robust in Holiday-Skewed Month Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 10:09 PM ET

    China's economic rebound was evident as the first hard economic numbers of the year showed a surge in exports and imports that was not solely explained by the timing of the Lunar New Year holiday.

  • China January Consumer Prices Rise 2% Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 8:39 PM ET

    China's annual consumer price inflation was in line with expectations in January, easing from December's seven-month high, with most economists seeing price pressures bottoming out in January.

  • Australian Central Bank Slashes Annual Growth Forecast Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 8:36 PM ET

    Australia's central bank has trimmed its growth and inflation forecasts on cautious mining outlook, government spending cuts and its high currency.

  • India in a 'Horror Show' as Growth Slumps Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 3:29 AM ET

    India's growth estimates for the current fiscal year came as a shock to many who were hoping for a turnaround in Asia's third largest economy, with one expert calling the likely 5 percent annual expansion a "horror show".

  • China's Data Watch: Is Inflation Creeping Back? Thursday, 7 Feb 2013 | 2:21 AM ET

    China's central bank says the country needs to pay more attention to consumer prices. That's reason enough to see why inflation numbers are likely to be the highlight of Friday's data releases from the world's second biggest economy.

  • Japan's core machinery orders surged unexpectedly in December, up for a third straight month and firms expect more improvement in the first quarter, taking heart from recent yen weakness on the back of Japan's aggressive monetary easing stance.

  • Nikkei Surges 4% as Yen Slumps Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013 | 6:27 PM ET
    Masaaki Shirakawa, governor of the Bank of Japan

    Japanese stocks surged 4 percent to its highest level in more than four years on Wednesday, after the yen declined sharply on bets that a decision by the head of the Bank of Japan to step down early will bring forward aggressive monetary easing.

  • Indonesia Defies Weak Exports to Post Robust Growth Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013 | 1:33 AM ET
    Jakarta

    Indonesia reported marginally lower-than-expected economic growth of 6.23 percent in 2012, a year in which robust domestic demand and investment outweighed declining exports and a trade deficit that put pressure on the country's currency.

  • Activity in India's service sector expanded at the fastest pace in a year last month, driven by rising foreign orders, but businesses were a little less optimistic about the future, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • China HSBC Services PMI Rises to Four-Month High Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 9:27 PM ET

    Growth in China's services sector hit a four-month high in January, a private survey showed, as a better business climate increased deal-making and lifted corporate confidence to an eight-month peak.

  • This Week, Watch What Central Bankers Say, Not Do Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 7:02 PM ET
    European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Central banking is in a state of flux as policymakers from Tokyo to Washington ditch prevailing orthodoxies to try to grab a bigger share of a slow-growing global economic pie.

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