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  • Planned Layoffs Drop 12 Percent Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 7:45 AM ET

    Planned U.S. layoffs fell 12 percent in October on a reduction in the number of announced firings in the financial and housing-related sectors, an independent report showed Wednesday.

  • China Lifts Fuel Prices 10% as Shortages Bite Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 1:25 AM ET

    China unexpectedly raised domestic gasoline and diesel prices by a tenth on Thursday, the first increase in 17 months, as officials rushed to tame a worsening supply crisis by easing losses at state refiners.

  • Australians Spending Freely, Lock-In Rate Rise Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 10:27 PM ET

    Australian retail sales easily outpaced expectations in September, setting the seal on a very strong quarter for consumption and adding to an already compelling case for a further rise ininterest rates.

  • Fed Cuts Rates But Hints Against Further Easing Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 4:28 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke, President Bush's top economic adviser, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House after Bush named him to take over the Federal Reserve from retiring Alan Greenspan, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. It was the third time in as many years the president has turned to the 51-year-old Bernanke for a sensitive post. Bush named him to the Fed board in 2002, then made him chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers earlier this year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    The Federal Reserve, moving to head off the threat of a recession, cut two key interest rates by a quarter-point but signaled that it may be done easing rates for now.

  • Economy Strong Despite Battered Housing Sector Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 2:42 PM ET
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    The U.S. economy grew at a surprisingly brisk clip in the third quarter as both consumer spending and exports showed strength despite a battered housing sector.

  • Federal Open Market Committee Statement Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 2:16 PM ET

    The statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its October 30 & 31 meeting on interest rate policy.

  • Wal-Mart Jumpstarts Holiday Discounts This Week Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 1:46 PM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores said Wednesday it will begin offering this week the type of holiday discounts it typically reserves for "Black Friday" -- the day after Thanksgiving that typically marks the start of the ultra-competitive holiday shopping season.

  • Will the Fed Give Investors A Trick or a Treat? Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 1:17 PM ET
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    The Federal Reserve is still expected to lower benchmark borrowing costs later today despite unexpected signs of strength in the economy.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Jumps, Raises Odds for ECB Rate Hike Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 7:30 AM ET

    A surge in euro zone inflation in October beat all expectations, data showed, raising the odds for a rise in European Central Bank interest rates despite weakening sentiment and sending the euro up against the dollar.

  • BOJ Keeps Rates on Hold, Seen Trimming Forecasts Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 1:30 AM ET

    The Bank of Japan left its policy rate unchanged at 0.5 percent on Wednesday, as widely expected, reflecting caution among central bankers over market uncertainty and the economic fallout from U.S. subprime woes.

  • Kirin to Raise Beer Prices on Raw Material Costs Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 12:01 AM ET

    Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings said on Wednesday it will raise the prices of beer for the first time in more than 17 years starting in February, citing a sharp rise in aluminum and malt prices.

  • Australians Busy Borrowing and Building in September Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 10:56 PM ET

    Australian businesses were busy borrowing in September despite interest rates at decade highs, while a jump in approvals to build new homes provided a tentative sign of a recovery in housing construction.

  • As Fed Meets, Markets Still Count On Interest-Rate Cut Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 4:46 PM ET
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    Fed policy-makers began meeting as financial markets continued to bet that the central bank will cut interest rates to shore up the faltering housing and credit markets.

  • Consumer Confidence Plunges To a Two-Year Low Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 10:48 AM ET
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    U.S. consumer confidence declined for the third month in a row in October to its lowest level in two years on growing concerns about weakening business conditions and the impact that could have on the job market.

  • U.S. Is Committed to Strong Dollar: Paulson Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 6:45 AM ET

    The United States is strongly committed to a strong U.S. dollar and financial markets there are recovering from the subprime loan crisis even if the housing market has yet to touch bottom, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said on Tuesday.

  • Fed Expected to Cut Rates To Head Off Recession Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 5:07 AM ET
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    The Federal Reserve is expected to lower interest rates again this week as insurance against the threat that declining home prices and higher borrowing costs will push the economy into recession.

  • Fed Rate Cut Not Sure Thing: WSJ Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 5:01 AM ET

    A Federal Reserve interest rate cut this week is no sure thing and officials are not seriously considering a half-point reduction in overnight rates, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday without citing sources.

  • China Eyes Fiscal, Pricing Reforms to Help Economy Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 11:40 PM ET

    China must continue to liberalize its exchange rate regime and key areas of the economy to ward off overheating but should be cautious about opening strategic sectors to foreign investment, a top official said on Tuesday.

  • Japan's September Jobless Rate, Spending Rises Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 10:31 PM ET

    Unemployment in Japan rose to 4.0 percent last month, reinforcing expectations the Bank of Japan will delay its next rate rise, but household spending jumped.

  • Hot Weather Lifts Japan's September Retail Sales 0.5% Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | 11:50 PM ET

    Japanese retail sales rose unexpectedly in September from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, suggesting consumer spending may be picking up in accordance with moderate improvement in workers' income conditions.