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  • *GM to stop car manufacturing in Indonesia. GM Indonesia to shutter assembly plant, axe 500 jobs. Feb 27- A day after announcing it is to stop making GM-branded cars in Indonesia, General Motors said on Friday it would cease production of its Chevrolet Sonic in Thailand by the middle of this year.

  • Lower oil both blessing and curse for AirAsia Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:46 PM ET

    Lower oil prices usually boost airline profits, but for AirAsia, the drop pushed the carrier into the red as Malaysia's ringgit took a knock-on blow.

  • Thailand works to remove subsidies amid cheaper oil Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:31 PM ET
    Thailand works to remove subsidies amid cheaper oil

    Narongchai Akrasanee, Energy Minister of Thailand, says the gap between subsidized and market oil prices is small, with diesel and LPG trading at market prices now.

  • *Shipments to China -20 pct, to Japan -7.5 pct. BANGKOK, Feb 25- Thai exports were far weaker than expected in January, which will renew pressure on the military-led government to boost economic stimulus and on the central bank to cut rates. Exports, worth more than 60 percent of the economy, fell 3.46 percent in January on the year, the Commerce Ministry said on...

  • *CVC, shareholders to offer 645 mln shares in HK $8- 9/ each range. HONG KONG, Feb 23- HKBN Ltd, Hong Kong's second-largest broadband Internet provider, will launch its IPO on Tuesday, with shareholders including CVC Capital Partners looking to raise up to $750 million, sources familiar with the IPO plans said. At the top of its indicative range, the IPO would be the...

  • How will Greece impact Asia? Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 7:40 PM ET
    How will Greece impact Asia?

    Pakorn Peetathawatchai, CFO at the Stock Exchange of Thailand and Pahala Mansury, CFO of Bank Mandiri, discuss the impact that the Greek crisis has on Asia's financial markets.

  • 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,...