• DIARY - Top Economic Events to Aug 15 Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg holds a press conference from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington- 1100 GMT. ATHENS- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker visits Athens and meets Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras- 0800 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 1- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touted the success of his economic policies on a visit to Brazil on Friday and said it was time for the two nations to expand their trade and investment partnership.

  • Recalls this week: bicycles, aquarium heaters Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    A line of bicycles with a faulty front wheel and light fixture lenses that can shatter are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include aquarium heaters and welding torch handles.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 1- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touted the success of his economic policies on a visit to Brazil on Friday and said it was time for the two nations to expand their trade and investment partnership.

  • Japan to lend $200 mln to Brazil's Amaggi soy group Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    BRASILIA, Aug 1- Japan agreed on Friday to lend $200 million to Brazil's Amaggi Exportacao e Importacao, one of the world's largest soybean growing operations, as the Asian country deepens its footprint in Brazil's farm belt.

  • *Comment comes after India derails global trade talks over food security objections. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, Aug 1- India is willing to sign a global trade deal, which it has torpedoed, if other World Trade Organization members can agree to its parallel demand for concessions on stockpiling food, senior officials in New Delhi said on Friday.

  • *Current account on Aug 8, GDP data due on Aug 13. TOKYO, August 1- Japan's economy probably shrank for the first time in nearly two years during the April-June quarter, dragged down by weaker-than-expected consumer spending after a sales tax hike and disappointing factory output, a Reuters poll showed.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that India's refusal to sign a global trade deal sent the wrong signal, and he urged New Delhi to work to resolve the row as soon as possible.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. *Bloc of member states could exclude India and forge ahead.

  • SYDNEY/ GENEVA Aug 1- Several member states of the World Trade Organization voiced frustration after India's demands for concessions on agricultural stockpiling led to the collapse of the first major global trade reform pact in two decades.

  • New Paris hotel joins race to pamper the super rich Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    *Hotel helps Paris compete against others luxury capitals. It is part of a battle to attract Asia's new class of super-rich that not only pits the world's top hotel groups against each other but also cities such as Paris, New York and London.

  • *Subaru maker Fuji Heavy's operating profit margin at 13 pct. TOKYO, July 31- Japanese automakers Mazda Motor Corp and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, which makes Subaru cars, said they are on track for record full-year profits after strong sales in the United States powered double-digit profit growth in April-June.

  • TOKYO, July 31- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group reported a far milder quarterly profit decline than its main banking rivals as aggressive overseas expansion dulled the impact of perennially weak loan demand at home.

  • Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:16 AM ET

    TOKYO— American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. Tesla has said that Nevada, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California are in the running.

  • Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    TOKYO— A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.

  • Sony surprises with first quarter profit Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 2:57 AM ET

    TOKYO— Sony Corp. reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit Thursday as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from selling buildings and its stake in a video-game maker. Sony's April-June profit soared to 26.8 billion yen from 3.1 billion yen a year earlier.

  • *Asia's Iran imports rise 31 pct y/y to 1 mln bpd in June. TOKYO, July 31- Iran's biggest clients took in a quarter more oil in the first six months of 2014 than in the same period of last year, with China and India holding to the higher volumes they started after the agreement that relaxed Western sanctions on Tehran.

  • TOKYO, July 31- Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru- brand cars, on Thursday posted a 13 percent rise in April-June operating profit on strong sales of its Forester SUV in the United States, cost cuts and a weaker yen.

  • Asian markets drift after US Fed stays course Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    KEEPING SCORE: The Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipped 0.1 percent to 24,695.71 while Tokyo's Nikkei was up 0.4 percent to 15,711.94. South Korea's Kospi shed 0.3 percent to 2,076.14 and China's Shanghai Composite was nearly flat at 2,283.72.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls, PMI reports for China& euro zone next focus. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, July 31- The dollar held below a 10- month peak against a basket of major currencies on Thursday after soaring on upbeat U.S. growth data, with mixed views from the Federal Reserve tempering the rally.