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  • World's No. 2 Economy Is Setting Up for Solid 2013 Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 1:48 AM ET
    Shanghai

    Following a year tainted by heightened economic uncertainty, the world's second largest economy is setting itself up for a positive 2013, say analysts, pointing to China's latest economic data and stellar equity market performance.

  • Euro Zone Factory Downturn Deepens in December Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 4:09 AM ET

    The slowdown in euro zone factory activity deepened in December as new orders tumbled, a business survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting the economy may have slipped further into recession in the last quarter of 2012.

  • South Korea's Output Up For First Time in 7 Months Tuesday, 1 Jan 2013 | 10:00 PM ET

    South Korea's manufacturing sector expanded in December for the first time in seven months but new export orders fell, a private survey showed on Wednesday, underscoring a still fragile recovery in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

  • 2013 Will Bring Gains for Chinese Equities     Tuesday, 1 Jan 2013 | 8:30 PM ET

    Steven Sun, Head of China Equity Strategy, HSBC believes Chinese markets will fare well in 2013 in line with the accelerated pace of reform and economic growth recovery.

  • Profits at China's Factories Jump as Economy Recovers Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 | 9:56 PM ET
    Labors work at a factory's workshop in Huaying, Sichuan province of China.

    Annual growth of China's industrial profits quickened to 22.8 percent in November from October's 20.5 percent, official data showed on Thursday, reinforcing signs of a steady economic recovery thanks to pro-growth policies.

  • Floating market in Damneom Saduak, Thailand.

    Thai exports in November rose nearly 27 percent from a year earlier, as expected due to flooding in late 2011, and global demand remains soft, which means the country's policy rate is likely to stay low to help the export-driven economy.

  • Lakshmi Mittal

    ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, will sell a $1.1 billion stake in a Canadian iron ore mine operator to a consortium that includes South Korean steelmaker POSCO and Taiwan-listed China Steel Corp, China Steel said in a statement.

  • Toyota Sees 2013 Output at 8.7 Million Vehicles Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Toyota Motor expects its global production to hit 8.7 million vehicles in 2013, nearly the same as the 8.74 million vehicles it expects to have produced in 2012, the Japanese automaker said on Wednesday.

  • China Factory Activity Likely Surged in December Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 12:40 AM ET
    Workers assemble sedans at the Dongfeng car factory in Wuhan, China.

    China's factory activity in December probably expanded at its fastest pace in eight months, reinforcing signs of a steady recovery in the world's second-largest economy underpinned by pro-growth policies.

  • Weak Japan Data Bolster Abe's Hand on Stimulus Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 12:32 AM ET

    Poor Japanese manufacturing data on Friday gave new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe more ammunition to push for big spending and easy money to salvage the world's third largest economy from decades of deflation and its fourth recession since 2000.

  • China's Rongsheng Warns of Full-Year Loss in 2012 Monday, 24 Dec 2012 | 3:09 AM ET

    China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group, China's largest private shipbuilder, issued a surprise warning that it expects to post an annual net loss for 2012 on sharp declines in orders and prices of new vessels after the shipping industry took a downward turn during the year.

  • Asia's Factories Show Signs of Revival Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 1:19 AM ET
    Workers assemble sedans at the Dongfeng car factory in Wuhan, China.

    Manufacturing activity in Asia expanded in December as China's economy showed signs of revival but export demand was uneven, pointing to further sluggish growth for the region, business surveys suggest.

  • The Japanese government plans to spend up to 1 trillion yen ($11.6 billion) to buy machinery and factories from domestic manufacturers in a bid to strengthen Japan industrial competitiveness by providing funds for new corporate investments, the Nikkei business daily said on Monday.

  • China Factory Sector Strongest Since May 2011: Report Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 | 10:50 PM ET
    Diggers are seen during the Samsung China Semiconductor's groundbreaking ceremony for a new advanced memory fabrication line.

    Activity in China's vast manufacturing sector hit its fastest pace in December since May 2011, a survey of private factory managers showed, with a sub-index for new orders pointing to continued strength in the new year.

  • Why Sales of High-End Bikes Are Surging in China Sunday, 23 Dec 2012 | 6:55 PM ET

    Rich Chinese are buying bicycles that cost more than the average citizen makes in three years, motivated by nostalgia for the days when two wheels were the primary means of transport.

  • Toyota Hit With Record Fine for Delay in US Recall Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    Toyota Motor has been ordered to pay a record fine of $17.35 million for failing to report a safety defect to the U.S. government in a timely manner, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.

  • Factories Hum at Eight-Month High in December Friday, 14 Dec 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    Manufacturing grew at its swiftest pace in eight months in December, buoyed by increases in domestic and overseas demand.

  • Manufacturing in New York state declined for a fifth straight month in December as new orders shrank and the labor market remained weak, a report showed on Monday.

  • How did Shactman rate in 2012? Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 11:44 AM ET
  • Cheaper Midsize Cars Rated Safer Than Luxury Models Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 12:01 AM ET
    Suzuki Kizashi

    New crash tests show less expensive midsize cars are safer than many luxury midsize cars.

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