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  • TOKYO, April 8- Bank of Japan policymakers will likely vote on Wednesday to continue their asset-buying spree launched two years ago, but with waning conviction of success as inflation slows further from their ambitious 2 percent target and the economy struggles. Its balance sheet has expanded by 156 trillion yen, roughly the size of Australia's economy.

  • HONG KONG, March 30- Chinese property developer Evergrande Real Estate Group Ltd said on Monday record sales and an increase in completed projects helped lift its 2014 core profit 16.5 percent, beating estimates. China's fourth-largest property developer by assets also forecast a pick-up in the whole sector this year, just as the central bank eased home...

  • *South32 net debt at $674 mln, well below forecasts. *Net assets $12.95 bln, based on book value. MELBOURNE/ LONDON, March 17- BHP Billiton said a proposed $13 billion spinoff of South32 would give the world's biggest miner a strong chance to ride out tough conditions in commodity markets and was a more attractive option than an asset sale.

  • *South32 net debt at $674 mln, well below forecasts. MELBOURNE, March 17- BHP Billiton has put far less debt than expected into its $13 billion South32 spin-off, positioning the company formed from its unloved assets to weather tough markets and still pay a dividend. Named for the line of latitude linking its two main centers, Australia and South Africa, South32 had...

  • Loretta Moseman and Joe Bonocore will serve as interim co-heads for Citi's treasury as the company conducts a search for a successor, Citigroup CFO John Gerspach said in an internal memo seen by Reuters. Aboaf has been a key figure in financing Citi and is familiar to institutional investors who buy Citi's debt. Aboaf restructured Citi's balance sheet to...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- E* Trade Financial Corp, the discount broker and bank that almost collapsed during the financial crisis, said on Monday it will retire $800 million of debt due in 2019 and issue $460 million of new eight-year notes at a lower interest rate. The debt restructuring cuts the company's outstanding debt Executives had publicly forecast they would...

  • *QQE in place until inflation target is stably achieved- Kuroda. TOKYO, Feb 26- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Thursday there was no ceiling on how much the central bank would expand its balance sheet relative to the size of the country's gross domestic product. The BOJ's balance sheet has expanded to 277 trillion yen as of Wednesday, nearly...

  • TOKYO, Feb 26- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Thursday there was no ceiling on how much the central bank would expand its balance sheet relative to the size of the country's gross domestic product. Kuroda also said a median forecast of the BOJ's nine board members produced in January, which is for core consumer inflation to hit 2.2 percent in fiscal...

  • MILAN, Feb 12- UniCredit has signed a deal to sell its UCCMB bad loan management unit and a pool of non-performing loans to U.S. investment firm Fortress Investment Group, as the Italian bank sheds non-core assets to boost its balance sheet. UniCredit said on Thursday the bad loan portfolio being sold had a gross book value of 2.4 billion euros.

  • *Lafarge and Holcim selling assets as part of merger. DUBLIN, Feb 2- Irish building supplies group CRH has agreed to pay 6.5 billion euros for assets Lafarge and Holcim were obliged to sell ahead of their planned merger. France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim announced merger plans last year, hoping to cut costs and tackle overcapacity and weak demand.

  • *Lafarge and Holcim selling assets as part of merger. DUBLIN, Feb 1- Irish building supplies group CRH said on Sunday it had agreed to pay 6.5 billion euros for assets Lafarge and Holcim were obliged to sell ahead of their planned merger. France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim announced merger plans last year, hoping to cut costs and tackle overcapacity and weak...

  • LONDON, Jan 26- When Mario Draghi announced the European Central Bank's trillion-euro scheme to buy government bonds, he acknowledged that in the round of strategies to revive inflation and boost the economy, the bank had just played its last hand. Asked by reporters what would happen if the plan to purchase 60 billion euros of assets a month for 19 months failed,...

  • Gurría on ECB QE: 'Just do it already'   Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 5:10 AM ET
    Gurría on ECB QE: 'Just do it already'

    Ahead of the European Central Bank first meeting of 2015, Ángel Gurría, secretary-general at OECD says the ECB is "the last actor to join in" on quantitative easing, and they should "just do it already!"

  • Reasons behind the SNB's decision   Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 5:45 AM ET
    Reasons behind the SNB's decision

    The Swiss National Bank has scrapped the franc's peg to the euro. Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank, shares her thoughts on the move which has shocked markets.

  • Jan 8- Tesco's new chief executive announced initial measures on Thursday to strengthen the balance sheet, including cost cuts, no final dividend for 2014/ 15, lower capital expenditure and asset disposals. -Closure of Cheshunt headquarters planned in 2016, with Welwyn Garden City office to become UK and group headquarters. -To sell Tesco Broadband and...

  • LONDON, Jan 8- Britain's biggest grocer Tesco plans to sell assets and cut hundreds of millions of pounds of costs to fund lower prices in store as part of its plan to fight back from the biggest crisis in its 95- year-history. Seeking to recover from four profit warnings and an accounting scandal last year, new Tesco boss Dave Lewis unveiled his plan alongside a...

  • Tesco's most lucrative non- UK assets are its businesses in South Korea and Thailand, which could be sold outright or made separate businesses with local management teams and listed locally. The South Korea business is seen as worth around 4 billion pounds, and Thailand worth up to 5 billion pounds. Tesco has businesses in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 27- The head of China's central bank's research department told a forum in Beijing on Friday that China's current monetary policy is appropriate but that liquidity management is increasingly important in the face of high funding costs. However, while bank lending rebounded in November, there is little sign of an impact of funding on lending rates,...

  • PARIS, Dec 16- There is a broad consensus on the European Central Bank's governing council in favor of more action to revive the economy and a decision on what tools to use could come soon, Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said in an interview published on Tuesday. The size of the ECB's balance sheet is important as a signal of its determination to act, he said, but "...

  • *U.S. crude continues to slip after drop under $60 a barrel. LONDON, Dec 12- A relentless slide in crude prices put energy stocks and currencies exposed to oil exports under pressure on Friday, dampening appetite for riskier assets and underpinning flows into the safety of core government bonds. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index declined by 0.8 percent...