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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 10 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to take part in panel discussion on "The Global Economic Outlook"- 1500 GMT. **DUSSELDORF, Germany- Deutsche Bundesbank board member Joachim Nagel speaks at the annual conference of the German-Chinese Economy, organized by Handelsblatt and HSBC- 1400 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- Central Bank of Luxembourg Governor and...

  • *China factory activity contracts for 2nd month. LONDON/ BEIJING, Jan 23- Businesses across Asia and Europe have slashed prices at the start of the year to drum up trade, surveys showed on Friday, vindicating the European Central Bank's decision to print money in a bid to revive inflation. Euro zone firms cut prices at the fastest rate in nearly five years and Chinese...

  • *CPI data due 2330 GMT Jan 29, factory output, 2350 GMT. TOKYO, Jan 23- Japan's consumer inflation likely slowed for a fifth straight month in December due largely to falling oil prices, a Reuters poll showed, keeping the Bank of Japan under pressure to meet its ambitious 2 percent inflation target. "December data next week will be examined for evidence to see if the...

  • *China factory activity contracts for 2nd month. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Jan 23- Chinese factories were forced to cut prices for the sixth straight month in January to sell their products, while economic growth in South Korea slowed sharply, raising the prospect of more policy easing from major central banks in Asia. The weak manufacturing reading from China added to...

  • JGBs surge after ECB stimulus boosts government debt Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 9:33 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 23- Japanese government bond prices surged on Friday after the European Central Bank's launch of an unexpectedly bold bond-buying stimulus provided a boost for sovereign debt. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield sank 6 basis points to 0.255 percent, heading back towards a record low of 0.195 percent struck early in the week. A regular bond-purchasing...

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 22- A deal on a 12- nation Asia-Pacific trade pact could be concluded in mid-March, Mexico's economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said on Thursday. The pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has faced stumbling blocks, in significant part because of wrangling between its two biggest economies, the United States and Japan, over...

  • Goto, who had returned to Syria in late October to try to help his friend, has been missing since then. For Yukawa, who dreamed of becoming a military contractor, travelling to Syria had been part of an effort to turn his life around after going bankrupt, losing his wife to cancer and attempting suicide, according to associates and his own accounts.

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Jan 22- The euro held steady on Thursday as investors awaited details of a sovereign bond-buying programme that the European Central Bank is seen likely to announce later in the day. A euro zone source said on Wednesday the ECB's Executive Board has proposed a programme that would enable the bank to buy 50 billion euros in bonds per month...

  • TOKYO, Jan 22- Asian shares rose to near eight-week highs on Thursday as investors bet the European Central Bank will unveil a bond-buying stimulus programme later in the day in an attempt to revive the flagging euro zone economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percen, while Japan's Nikkei stock average was flat.

  • TOKYO, Jan 22- Japanese government bond prices resumed rising on Thursday as investors picked up bargains after the market dipped in response to the Bank of Japan's decision to stand pat on monetary policy. Market activity was subdued as a wait-and-see mood prevailed ahead of the closely-watched European Central Bank meeting later in the day.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 5 Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    EDINBURGH, Scotland- Bank of England monetary policy committee member David Miles gives a speech at University of Edinburgh on "What can monetary policy do?" LONDON- Bank of England regulator Paul Fisher speaks at the Westminster Business Forum Insurance event- 0925 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England regulator Andrew Gracie gives speech at cyber-security conference...

  • Japanese reporter's bid to save friend led to IS abduction Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:16 AM ET

    Goto, who had returned to Syria in late October to try to help his friend, had been missing since then. For Yukawa, who dreamed of becoming a military contractor, travelling to Syria had been part of an effort to turn his life around after going bankrupt, losing his wife to cancer and attempting suicide, according to associates and his own accounts.

  • *Sales seen slumping in Japan, Indonesia. TOKYO, Jan 21- Toyota Motor Corp projected a drop in vehicle sales for the year ahead, its first such bearish forecast in at least 15 years, as flagging demand in Japan, Indonesia and other key markets raises the chance that Volkswagen will steal the industry crown. Toyota said on Wednesday it expects 2015 global vehicle sales,...

  • *Sales seen slumping in Japan, Indonesia. TOKYO, Jan 21- Toyota Motor Corp projected a drop in annual vehicle sales for the first time in at least 15 years as demand slumps in Japan, Indonesia and other key markets, raising the chance of Volkswagen stealing the industry crown this year. Toyota said on Wednesday it expects 2015 global vehicle sales, including those of...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The yen rebounded against the dollar on Wednesday after the Bank of Japan stood pat on monetary policy, as speculators who had anticipated more easing unwound bets on a weaker currency. "The reason the yen is holding up pretty well is on the back of the BOJ and the fact that they haven't taken any additional action despite the fact that they've brought...

  • UPDATE 1-Toyota, in unusual move, flags sales fall in 2015 Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:53 AM ET

    *Sales seen slumping in Japan, Indonesia. TOKYO, Jan 21- Toyota Motor Corp took the unusual step of projecting a drop in annual vehicle sales on Wednesday in a move that could see Volkswagen steal the industry crown this year as demand slumps in Japan, Indonesia and other key markets. Toyota said on Wednesday it expects 2015 global vehicle sales, including those of...

  • Cheap oil fueling BOJ optimism: HSBC  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:31 AM ET

    Despite inflation likely to stay low in the coming months, the Bank of Japan remains optimistic that cheaper oil can boost Japan's economy, says Izumi Devalier, Japan Economist at HSBC.

  • Toyota remains top in global vehicle sales, beats VW, GM Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:12 AM ET

    TOKYO— Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, taking that auto industry crown for the third year straight, but was less upbeat about this year. The Japanese automaker sold 10.23 million vehicles, beating out Volkswagen and General Motors. Detroit- based General Motors Co. was third at 9.92 million vehicles, a company record and 2...

  • Japan central bank sees growth rebounding in coming year Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's central bank said Wednesday it expects the world's third largest economy to rebound in the coming fiscal year after contracting 0.5 percent this fiscal year, in an upbeat assessment that scuttled hopes for fresh stimulus. Japan's economy is in recession after a sales tax hike in April 2014 stifled demand. The International Monetary Fund...