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  • Japan March Retail Sales Rises 1.1% Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | 11:14 PM ET

    Japanese retail sales rose 1.1 percent in March from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, matching economists' median forecast.

  • Japan's Matsushita, Sanyo in Tie-Up Plan: Reports Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 | 10:03 PM ET

    Panasonic maker Matsushita Electric Industrial and Sanyo Electric may tie up in the first reorganisation move among Japan's top electronics makers, the Yomiuri newspaperreported on Monday, but the two companies quickly rejected the report.

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    A bounce in the U.S. dollar lifted some Asian stock markets on Friday, while crude oil sank further from its recent $120 a barrel record, dragging energy firms down but boosting airline counters.  Japan finished at a two-month high.

  • Asian Markets End Mixed, But Chinese Stocks Surge Thursday, 24 Apr 2008 | 5:27 AM ET
    Investors study shares prices during the morning trading at RHB private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Feb.3, 2006. Malaysia's key stock index rose Friday to a 15-week high as foreign funds plowed into key bluechips after a long holiday. The Composite Index of 100 blue chip stocks ended at 927.85 points, up 13.84 points or 1.5 percent from last Friday's close. (AP Photo) **MALAYSIA OUT**

    Asian stocks were mixed in the afternoon session Thursday with Japan and Australia closing lower. But the Shanghai market took centerstage, surging as much as 9.5 percent at one point after a stamp duty tax cut gave flagging Chinese stocks a boost.

  • Sony Ericsson Profit Drops Less than Anticipated Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 5:52 AM ET

    Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted sharply lower profits on Wednesday as a slowdown in consumer spending hit its business, but earnings were at the high end of the firm's range and exceeded market expectations.

  • Markets Rally Despite Surging Oil, Weak Dollar Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 5:02 AM ET
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    Asian markets were stronger Wednesday, shrugging off the burden of near $120-a-barrel oil and a record high euro, to continue a rally that has recovered all the ground lost last month. Shanghai surged over 4 percent, while Australia gained 1.6 percent.

  • Japan Export Slowdown Hints at Impact of US Woes Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 10:55 PM ET
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    Japan's exports in March rose less than expected from a year earlier, suggesting that companies are starting to feel the pinch from a slowing U.S. economy.

  • GM's Asian promise Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 10:21 AM ET
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    There is a fondness and attraction to Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet that is helping GM make headway in China.

  • Asia Under Pressure after Weak US Bank Earnings Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 5:00 AM ET
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    Asian markets came under pressure on Tuesday after U.S. stocks pulled in a mixed performance.  Investors sold financials following weak earnings from Bank of America.

  • Beijing Auto Show: Is It Bigger Than Detroit? Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 11:10 AM ET
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    Talk about coming of age. The Beijing Auto Show and China's auto market are making a statement this week. It's loud and clear: "We are world players!" In fact, it brings up the question about whether this show and the Chinese market are bigger than the Detroit Show and U.S. Market?

  • Banks, Energy Lead Asian Stocks to Seven-Week High Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 5:00 AM ET
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    Asian stocks rose to their highest level in seven weeks on Monday, as investors cheered upbeat earnings from U.S. bellwethers which triggered a rally in U.S. stocks last Friday.

  • Asia Ends Mixed, Japan Gains but China Sinks Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 5:15 AM ET
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    Asian markets eked out some gains Friday. Stocks spent the better part of the session dipping below and above the line. Japan and South Korea pulled ahead at the close, finishing higher, but China and Australia closed weaker.

  • Japan's Economy Slows on Energy, Material Costs: BOJ Friday, 18 Apr 2008 | 12:50 AM ET
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    Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said on Friday that the economy was slowing due to rising energy and raw materials costs, but he maintained that it would likely pick up gradually.

  • Asian Markets Rally Led by Financials, Tech Stocks Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 5:08 AM ET
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    Asian stock indexes made firm gains Thursday, with the exception of the Shanghai Composite Index, boosted by financial and technology stocks with Japan, South Korea and Australia all closing stronger.

  • Surging Oil, Intel Outlook Lifts Asian Markets Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 5:10 AM ET
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    Asian markets moved forward Wednesday, with high-tech exporters buoyed by a reassuring outlook from industry leader Intel and energy shares underpinned by record high oil prices. Japan and Australia both closed over 1 percent higher

  • Earnings, Commodities Tug at Markets, Japan Ends Up Tuesday, 15 Apr 2008 | 5:15 AM ET
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    Asian markets wavered between losses and gains Tuesday, but closed broadly higher, as oil and gold prices gained. The U.S. dollar struggled to attract buyers due to signs of a weak earnings season for banks, which could expose yet more subprime losses and punish stocks worldwide.

  • US Recession Fears Sink Asia, Japan Sheds 3% Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 5:10 AM ET
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    Asian markets dropped sharply Monday as a nasty earnings surprise from General Electric and a 26-year low in U.S. consumer sentiment drowned out the Group of Seven nation's support for the U.S. dollar.  Japan shed 3% while China was down over 5%.

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    When I heard that Toyota is finally getting into the sports car business two thoughts jumped into my head. First: it's about time. Second: those who accuse me of fawning all over the Japanese automaker will have a field day.

  • Tech Stocks Lift Markets, Japan Gains Almost 3% Friday, 11 Apr 2008 | 6:20 AM ET
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    Asian stocks rose Friday, with Japan's Nikkei closing almost 3 percent higher, led by chipmakers on expectations a slump in the sector may soon end, while oil prices retreated after testing a record high above $112 a barrel.

  • Japan Wholesale Inflation Hits 27-Year High Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 10:29 PM ET
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    Japanese annual wholesale inflation hit a 27-year high in March, squeezing businesses as they struggle to pass on higher prices for fuel and other raw materials to their customers.