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  • The licence for New Kansai International Airport, which will be bundled with the operating rights for smaller Osaka International Airport, should fetch at least 2 trillion yen, Keiichi Ando, the chief executive of the government-owned New Kansai International Airport Co, told reporters.

  • *Euro dips, European shares subdued after downbeat German Ifo survey. LONDON, July 25- Signs that tensions between the West and Russia are starting to hurt confidence in Europe's dominant economy Germany left the euro near an eight-month low on Friday and lifted the region's government bonds.

  • HONG KONG, July 25- McDonald's Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese company at the centre of a food safety scare in China.

  • FOREX-Euro battling losses after poor German data Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    *Japan CPI as expected, muted reaction from dollar/yen. LONDON, July 25- The euro struggled to hold above eight-month lows against the dollar on Friday, hurt by a dive in Germany's Ifo survey of business sentiment heading in to the end of the U.S. currency's strongest week since March.

  • LONDON, July 25- World shares dipped on Friday having clawed their way back towards all-time highs after a week of largely reassuring economic signals but rising political tensions.

  • LONDON, July 25- Germany's influential Ifo survey of business sentiment looked set to determine the euro's path at the end of a week marked by a steady upwards push for the dollar that could herald a long-forecast break higher. In early European trade, the euro was virtually unchanged at $1.3461, having recovered from eight-month lows around $1.3438 on Thursday.

  • TOKYO, July 25- Asian shares pulled back from this week's three-year highs on Friday after a mostly flat day on Wall Street, though a fresh S&P closing record and upbeat U.S. employment data underpinned sentiment.

  • Japan inflation eases in June under tax hike blow Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 12:17 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's inflation rate eased slightly in June as a sales tax high stunted demand, the government reported Friday. Excluding the direct effect of the April 1 increase in the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent, the inflation rate was 1.3 percent, the Bank of Japan said.

  • TOKYO, July 25- Asian shares pulled away from this week's three-year highs on Friday after a mostly flat day on Wall Street, though a fresh S&P closing record and upbeat U.S. employment data underpinned sentiment.

  • JGBs edge down on weaker Treasuries, firmer Nikkei Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:05 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 25- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Friday, weighed down by higher Tokyo shares and an overnight retreat in U.S. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 0.5 basis point to 0.525 percent. The JGB market showed little reaction to a rise in Japan's June core CPI, as the rise of 3.3 percent from the previous month was in line with forecasts.

  • FOREX-Dollar, euro propped up by better economic data Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:42 PM ET

    *Japan CPI as expected, muted reaction from dollar/yen. TOKYO, July 25- The dollar held gains versus the yen on Friday and the euro stood steady after rebounding from an eight-month low against the greenback as data painted a brighter picture of the U.S. and eurozone economies.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares inch down from recent highs Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:46 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 25- An index of Asian shares pulled away from a three-year high on Friday after a mostly flat day on Wall Street, though a fresh S&P closing record and upbeat U.S. employment data underpinned sentiment.

  • *U.S. crude for September delivery was down 6 cents at $102.01 a barrel by 0024 GMT, after settling $1.05 lower. *The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday.

  • South Korea vs Japan tech: Who's winning?     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:37 PM ET

    Wee Teck Loo, Head of Consumer Electronics at Euromonitor International, explains why South Korean firms like Samsung are ahead of their Japanese rivals.

  • Japan June inflation up on tax hike: Expert     Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:31 PM ET

    Ayako Hirota Weissman, Director of Asia Strategy & Senior Portfolio Manager at Horizon Kinetics, discusses the rise in Japan's inflation and explains why this translates into stock opportunities.

  • WASHINGTON/ FRANKFURT, July 23- After injecting trillions of dollars into the global financial system over the last six years, the world's central bankers now face a vexing question: why is so little of it showing up in workers' paychecks?

  • FOREX-Euro rises on upbeat business data, NZ dollar sags Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 24- The euro rose on Thursday from an eight-month low versus the U.S. dollar on better-than-expected German and French business data, while the New Zealand dollar sank after that nation's central bank hinted it may pause in raising rates further.

  • Markets solid amid mixed US economic news Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:05 AM ET

    TOKYO— World shares were rattled Thursday by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia.

  • HK firms on edge as democracy rally blockade looms Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    HONG KONG— As activists vow to shut down Hong Kong's financial district in protest at China's attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city, businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst. The former British colony came back under China's control in 1997 but retains its own legal and financial systems and a high degree of control over its affairs.

  • UN human development report faults inequality Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:02 AM ET

    TOKYO— Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its annual human development report.