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  • TOKYO, Oct 2- If history is a guide, a string of disappointing economic reports in Japan would seem to argue against raising the country's sales tax again. Some economists, investors and businesspeople say it could spook financial markets already worried about Japan's commitment to curbing its runaway government debt. "If they don't go ahead with it, that will...

  • LONDON, Oct 1- The dollar rose above 110 yen for the first time in six years and held near a two-year peak against the euro on Wednesday as investors added to bets that U.S. economic data will lead the Federal Reserve to tighten monetary policy. The dollar was up 0.25 percent at 109.90, having risen past 110 yen during Asian trade.

  • *Hong Kong unrest saps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, as lacklustre economic data and civil unrest in Hong Kong kept investors cautious before a European Central Bank meeting later this week. Federal Reserve on the one hand and the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan on the other.

  • *Hong Kong unrest saps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, as lacklustre economic data and civil unrest in Hong Kong kept investors cautious before a European Central Bank meeting later this week. Federal Reserve on the one hand and the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan on the other.

  • "Given its size, economic potential and its strategic position between China and India, Myanmar is forecast to be one of the fastest growing economies in the region over the medium term," Andrew Geczy, CEO of international and institutional banking for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, said in a statement.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- The dollar rose above 110 yen for the first time in six years and held near a two-year peak against the euro on Wednesday, as investors added to bets that U.S. data will drive the Federal Reserve to tighten policy. The dollar was up 0.2 percent at 109.90, having risen past 110 yen during Asian trade.

  • *Hong Kong unrest saps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, with investors wary of lacklustre economic data and keeping a cautious eye on civil unrest in Hong Kong. Sales warnings from British retailer J Sainsbury and French cable maker Nexans added to the gloom.

  • World's 1st bullet train, made in Japan, turns 50 Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    Zipping cross-country in a super-high-speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard of when Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago Wednesday.

  • YANGON, Oct 1- Myanmar has granted nine foreign banks, including three Japanese lenders and Australia's ANZ, approval to operate on a limited basis- a move aimed at spurring foreign investment in an economy emerging from decades of military rule.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Asian shares slumped on Wednesday as continued civil unrest in Hong Kong and a downbeat day on Wall Street sapped confidence, while the dollar index was close to a four-year high after marking its best quarterly gain in six years.

  • TOKYO/ BANGKOK, Oct 1- Three major Japanese banks are among foreign banks that have been granted limited operating licences in Myanmar, a move that Myanmar's government hopes will spur foreign investment in an economy emerging from decades of military rule.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 0430 GMT/12.30AM ET Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 AM ET

    Japan firms fail to shake off tax-hike gloom, blunting economic rebound. TOKYO- Big Japanese manufacturers were slightly more optimistic in the third quarter but service-sector sentiment worsened, a central bank survey shows, adding to signs that a solid economic pickup will remain elusive without another burst of stimulus.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Oct 1- The dollar struck a six-year high against the yen and was poised near a two-year peak against the euro, while gathering more bullish impetus on Wednesday as weaker than expected Australian retail sales data sparked selling on Australian dollar.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Big Japanese manufacturers were slightly more optimistic in the third quarter but service-sector sentiment worsened, a central bank survey showed, adding to signs that a solid economic pickup will remain elusive without another burst of stimulus.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Big Japanese manufacturers were slightly more optimistic in the third quarter but service-sector sentiment worsened, a central bank survey showed, adding to signs that a solid economic pickup will remain elusive without another burst of stimulus.

  • Don Quijote leads Japan tourism push to rake in sales Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 11:36 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 1- While Japanese retailers struggle to cope with the burden of a sales tax hike, discount store operator Don Quijote Holdings aims to extend its 25- year run of rising profits by taking a different approach: turning Japan into a tourist mecca.

  • *Euro slips below $1.26 for 1st time in 2 years. LONDON, Sept 30- The dollar surged to a four-year high against a basket of currencies and a two-year high against the euro on Tuesday after euro zone inflation fell in September, putting the greenback on track for its best quarter in six years.

  • *iPhone to reach China Oct 17 after regulatory delay. *Suppliers say no impact from China delay; have spare capacity. The company fixed the date after addressing software security concerns raised by regulators, which delayed the launch in China beyond the Sept 19 of several other countries.

  • Stocks slip, leaving S&P 500 down for September Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Ford Motor fell after cutting its profit forecast, while eBay jumped after announcing plans to spin off PayPal.

  • FOREX-Dollar heads for best quarter in 6 years Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 3:58 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 30- The dollar was poised to finish the month with its biggest quarterly gain in six years, though it paused for breath on Tuesday and some analysts saw its recent rally running out of steam.