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  • Thailand plans to end "rent-a-womb" tourism Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 12:53 AM ET
    The entrance of New Life IVF clinic shows its closed doors in Bangkok on August 15, 2014.

    Thailand's interim parliament has passed a law banning foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to end a "rent-a-womb" fertility-tourism industry.

  • JAKARTA, Feb 18- They might be late to the party, but central banks in Southeast Asia are joining the global rush of easier policy, as deflationary pressures create room for them to prop up faltering growth without weakening defences against capital outflows. Indonesia surprised markets with a rate cut on Tuesday, and Singapore eased its policy in January.

  • *Japan ended Indonesia imports about 10 yrs ago on bird-flu worry. JAKARTA, Feb 18- Indonesian poultry suppliers are weeks away from making their first exports of processed chicken to Japan in a decade, an endorsement of quality that will boost the Southeast Asian nation's push into a regional market dominated by Thailand. Hit by scares over chicken meat safety...

  • Credit Suisse is 'cautious' on Thailand   Sunday, 15 Feb 2015 | 8:45 PM ET
    Credit Suisse is 'cautious' on Thailand

    Santitarn Sathirathai, head of Southeast Asia and India Economics Research at Credit Suisse, says Thailand has been seeing a sluggish recovery and outlines the weakest links in the economy.

  • Bank of Thailand: Rate cut is an option   Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 6:44 PM ET
    Bank of Thailand: Rate cut is an option

    Prasarn Trairatvorakul, Governor of the Bank of Thailand, says the central bank has space to ease policy if economic data worsens.

  • *Dec private consumption -0.7 pct m/m, investment +0.1 pct- c.bank. *Dec current account surplus a record high $5.52 bln. BANGKOK, Jan 30- Thailand's private consumption contracted in December and investment stalled, the latest evidence that the country's growth engines remain shaky and the economy is not back on track.

  • Migrant laborers at work on the pier in front of a Thai fishing boat in Sattahip, Thailand's Rayong province in 2011

    A motley group of Thai civilians frustrated by their government's lackluster response to human trafficking have taken up arms to patrol a smuggling route.

  • BANGKOK, Jan 29- Thailand's finance ministry again trimmed its growth forecasts for this year and the last on Thursday, when fresh factory output data provided more evidence that the economy remains wobbly. For 2014, whose full-year GDP growth rate will be announced on Feb. 16, the ministry reduced its projection to just 0.7 percent, from 1 percent in December.

  • By Yantoultra Ngui and Fransiska Nangoy KUALA LUMPUR/ JAKARTA, Jan 29- Indonesia narrowed the gap in car output with Thailand, Southeast Asia's automaking hub, to its smallest ever last year in percentage terms and is expected to overtake the Thai industry within a decade. Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, has already surpassed Thailand as the...

  • BANGKOK, Jan 28- Thailand's central bank on Wednesday left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 2.0 percent, a level that still "supports" a struggling economy that it asserted is improving. But a recent wave of monetary easing in the face of disinflation, including an unexpected move by Singapore early on Wednesday, created some uncertainty about the Thai...

  • Yingluck's impeachment is a 'non-event': Pro   Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 10:07 PM ET
    Yingluck's impeachment is a 'non-event': Pro

    The rise in Thai shares on Monday shows that markets view former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's impeachment as a "side show" and the country's political situation remains fairly stable, says Paul Gambles, Co-Founder of MBMG Group.

  • *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...

  • Why ABN AMRO is underweight Thailand   Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 10:25 PM ET
    Why ABN AMRO is now underweight Thailand

    Daphne Roth, Asia Equity Strategist at ABN AMRO Private Banking, attributes the downgrade to unattractive valuations and a possible rise in political uncertainty this year.

  • *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...

  • *Itochu and CP Group to take 20 pct stake in Citic. TOKYO/ HONG KONG, Jan 20- Japanese trading house Itochu Corp and Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group said on Tuesday that they plan to jointly invest $10 billion in Citic Ltd, part of China's oldest and biggest conglomerate. Itochu and CP Group plan to take a joint stake of 20 percent in Citic Ltd, increasing their...

  • Why Mobius is 'very positive' on Thailand   Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 9:21 PM ET
    Why Mobius is 'very positive' on Thailand

    Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, outlines reasons for his optimistic outlook on Thailand.

  • Aer Lingus, Ryanair extending hedging position into 2016. SINGAPORE/ BERLIN, Jan 14- Global airlines, looking to lock in huge savings, are preparing to hedge more jet fuel to fix prices as they bet a slide in crude oil to six-year lows may peter out near $40 a barrel. In Europe, airlines such as Aer Lingus and Ryanair are aiming to take advantage of the low oil prices to...

  • Lower oil isn’t giving Asia markets wings Sunday, 11 Jan 2015 | 10:17 PM ET
    A station attendant refuels a moped at a fuel station on April 30, 2013 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

    Sharply lower oil prices are widely hailed as a positive for most Asian markets, but that hasn't slowed fund outflows or raised growth forecasts much.

  • *McDonald's Japan expecting first annual loss in 11 years. TOKYO, Jan 7- McDonald's Japan has apologized to customers and vowed to ensure product safety after objects including a tooth and plastic were found in its food, the latest trouble for a fast-food chain hit by sliding sales and a shortage of french fries. McDonald's Japan brought in Chief Executive Sarah...