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  • LONDON, Feb 18- Sterling was the biggest mover on major currency markets on Wednesday, driven higher by the latest in a batch of more optimistic signals on Britain's economic prospects ahead of elections in May. In Europe, all eyes remained on Greece and the associated risks to the euro while the yen steadied after a jump driven by the Bank of Japan's confirmation...

  • UK inflation falls again: Reaction   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 4:30 AM ET
    UK inflation falls again: Reaction

    Annual consumer price inflation in the U.K. came in at 0.3 percent in January -- its lowest level since records began. CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi discusses.

  • Fuel, food driving down UK prices: Economist   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 4:30 AM ET
    Fuel, food driving down UK prices: Economist

    James Knightley, U.K. economist at ING, says that falling oil and food prices were the main factors behind the fall in U.K. annual inflation.

  • UK inflation: What to expect   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 1:30 AM ET
    UK inflation: What to expect

    Alan Clarke, chief U.K. economist at Scotiabank, discusses what moves we are likely to see from the Bank of England in the face of falling inflation.

  • Japan isn't out of the woods yet: Expert   Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 5:47 PM ET
    Japan isn't out of the woods yet: Expert

    While Japan Inc looks attractive, the country's economy remains a problem that needs to be solved by Prime Minister Abe, says Richard Martin, managing director at IMA Asia.

  • *Q4 GDP up annualized 2.2 pct vs f'cast +3.7 pct. TOKYO, Feb 16- Japan's economy rebounded from recession to grow an annualized 2.2 percent in the final quarter of last year, giving a much-needed boost to premier Shinzo Abe's efforts to shake off decades of stagnation even as the global outlook deteriorates. Still, the return to growth will allow the Bank of Japan to...

  • *Policymakers eye rate, RRR cuts, weaker yuan to support growth. *Aim to keep economic growth around 7 percent this year. BEIJING, Feb 13- Chinese authorities will cut interest rates, increase liquidity and tolerate some currency weakness to ensure the economy grows around 7 percent this year, as they try to head off deflation and keep employment strong enough to...

  • UPDATE 1-Central bank raises Italy growth forecasts Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 | 8:11 AM ET

    *Italy growth above 0.5 pct in 2015, above 1.5 pct in 2016- BOI. MILAN, Feb 7- The Italian economy is expected to grow more than previously forecast this year and the next as a result of the European Central Bank's bond buying programme, Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco said on Saturday. Meanwhile, the European Commission said this week Italy would grow by 0.6...

  • IMF sees uncertainty about path of oil prices Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 6- Uncertainty over the future path of oil prices could throw a wrinkle into the International Monetary Fund's predictions for the global economy, its staff said in a note on Friday. The outlook for petroleum prices, which have decreased more than 50 percent in the last seven months, is likely to form the backdrop for the ministerial meeting of the...

  • DOHA, Feb 5- Bentley will likely see sales growth of its upscale autos in 2015 fall short of last year's level, a board member of the British marque told Reuters, as economic uncertainties and the slump in oil prices leave consumers more cautious about luxury purchases. But slower growth in China, fears of deflation in Europe, weak oil prices and the threat of Islamic...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- The Bank of England kept interest rates at a record low once again on Thursday, leaving investors waiting another week for an update on when they should expect borrowing costs to rise. Britain's plunging inflation rate and the likelihood that it will soon turn negative prompted two dissident BoE rate-setters to give up calling for an immediate...

  • Is a BoE rate hike off the cards in 2015?   Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Is a BoE rate hike off the cards in 2015?

    Ahead of the Bank of England rate decision, Simon Wells, chief UK economist at HSBC explains that the oil price drop had a lot to do with the hawks in the BoE reversing their previous decision.

  • *Gold firm despite rising equities. SINGAPORE, Feb 3- Gold hovered above $1,270 an ounce on Tuesday as a wobbly outlook for the global economy burnished bullion's appeal as a safe-haven, with holdings at the top gold fund at their highest in four months. Gold was firm despite rising equities, suggesting an improved outlook for the metal which has climbed around 8...

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 3- London copper climbed on Tuesday on technical buying that traders expected to sputter out, after wobbly factory data in China and Europe fuelled deflation concerns that are further clouding the outlook for demand. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had climbed 0.5 percent to $5,525 a tonne by 0112 GMT, after closing the previous...

  • QE spawns new acronym—meet ZYNY Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    The ZYNY world – or zero-yield to negative-yield – is set to drive another wave of yield chasers in the markets, JPMorgan said.

  • Europe ends lower after euro zone deflation deepens

    European equities closed lower on Friday, with investors reacting to earnings and euro zone inflation and unemployment reports.

  • ECB QE will take time to take effect   Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    ECB QE will take time to take effect

    Sue Noffke, UK equities fund manager at Schroders, says the European Central Bank's bond-buying program will take time to make an effect.

  • Germany enters deflation: Reaction   Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    Germany enters deflation: Reaction

    Michael Krautzberger, head of European fixed income at BlackRock Asset Management, comments on Germany entering deflation.

  • Fed could raise in second half: Analyst   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:36 AM ET
    Fed could raise in second half: Analyst

    Ethan Harris, Co-Head of Global Economics Research, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, says the Fed could raise rates in the second half of this year. The Fed must look at inflation and the unemployment rate, he says.

  • LONDON/ STOCKHOLM Jan 28- IKEA Group, the world's biggest furniture retailer, expects a rise in European revenues to continue this financial year, with its focus on low prices helping it to cope in a struggling economy. The privately-held Swedish company, which makes almost 70 percent of sales in Europe, said on Wednesday demand in previously crisis-hit...