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  • 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...

  • *McDonald's Japan expecting first annual loss in 11 years. TOKYO, Jan 7- McDonald's Japan has apologised to customers and vowed to ensure product safety after objects including a tooth and plastic were found recently 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...

  • Is this Asia's new manufacturing hub? Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 5:53 PM ET
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    The greater Mekong subregion (GMS) could become Asia's new low-cost production hub as the region becomes more integrated, experts say.

  • *Finance Ministry cuts 2014 growth forecast to 1 pct. Also on Monday, the Finance Ministry cut its forecast for 2014 economic growth to 1.0 percent, from 1.4 percent. With commodity prices expected to remain weak well into 2015 and soft demand seen from China and Europe, Thailand's trade and manufacturing sectors are seen dragging on the economy well into next...

  • BANGKOK, Dec 29- Thai factory output fell more than expected in November, the latest evidence that the country's economy is still struggling more than six months after the army took power to end prolonged political unrest. Thailand is grappling with poor exports and still-subdued domestic demand. On Monday, the Industry Ministry said factory output in...

  • Thailand's economic growth view goes under the knife Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 12:19 AM ET
    Thai baht banknotes

    Thailand's central bank said the country's economy will barely grow this year and cut its 2015 forecast, mainly on expectations exports will remain lackluster.

  • JAKARTA, Dec 22- The Ciliwung River flows from a volcano south of the Indonesian capital, through the heart of one of the world's most densely populated cities and almost into Jakarta Bay. The same is true for the rest of the half-dozen sewage-choked rivers that wind though central Jakarta. "Jakarta is a bowl, and the bowl is sinking," said Fook Chuan Eng, senior water...

  • *10 years on from Boxing Day tsunami, weaknesses remain. BANGKOK, Dec 21- In April 2012, Indonesia's Banda Aceh, the city worst hit by the tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people on Boxing Day ten years ago, received a terrifying reminder of how unprepared it was for the next disaster. But if it had, the damage would have been "worse than 2004, if it was the same...

  • Currency and stock markets in Asia generally firmed on Wednesday after a two-day sell-off that saw Indonesia's rupiah drop to its weakest level since the Asian currency crisis in 1998 and Thailand's main stock index register its biggest intraday loss since October 2008. Bank Indonesia said it had sold dollars to support the rupiah on Tuesday, and traders...

  • Premature for BOT to cut rates now: Expert   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:24 PM ET
    Premature for BOT to cut rates now: Expert

    Unless there are further delays to the government's infrastructure projects, a rate cut by the Bank of Thailand on Wednesday will surprise markets, says Paul Gambles, Co-Founder of MBMG Group.

  • Amid oil's slump, should you worry about Thailand's PTT?

    Kasem Prunratanamala, Head of Thailand Research at CIMB, discusses the Thai energy firm's warning that its net profit this year could be lower than the $2.9 billion it earned in 2013.

  • HAPPISBURGH, England, Dec 12- Bryony Nierop-Reading has what she calls a million-dollar view from her clifftop property in east England, looking out over North Sea swells beyond a sandy beach where gulls wheel overhead. Her bungalow was demolished by the local council after a December 2013 storm bit a 33- foot chunk out of the cliff, leaving her home perched over a...

  • *Thai order comes on same day as New Delhi ban. *Uber cancels Monday meet with Vietnam authorities. BANGKOK, Dec 9- Thailand has ordered U.S. online taxi booking company Uber to cease operations, on the same day taxi apps were banned in the Indian capital New Delhi where an Uber driver is under arrest for suspected rape.

  • *CITIC Ltd shares jump as much as 6.3 pct. HONG KONG, Dec 5- CITIC Ltd is in early talks with companies including Japan's Itochu Corp and Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group about a large share placement, a person familiar with the matter said, as the Chinese state-owned conglomerate tries to broaden its investor base. To part-fund that acquisition and increase the...

  • World Bank: East Asia is strongest growing region

    Axel Van Trotsenburg, Vice President for East Asia and Pacific at World Bank, outlines the organization's forecasts for the year ahead.

  • BANGKOK, Nov 28- Thailand released a mixed bag of October data and surveys on Friday, indicating the country's economic recovery remains patchy though the central bank said there was "broad-based improvement" last month. While the Bank of Thailand's private investment index rose from September, one for consumption slipped and annual industrial output...

  • *Output -2.87 pct in Oct y/y, down a 19th straight month. BANGKOK, Nov 28- Thai factory output fell slightly more than expected in October, suggesting that the country's economic recovery remains fragile six months after the army took power to end political tension and to try restarting growth engines. The Industry Ministry said output was 2.87 percent lower than...