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  • Japan Government Picks Muto to Head Central Bank Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 9:29 PM ET

    The Japanese government plans to put forward deputy central bank governor Toshiro Muto as the next head of the Bank of Japan, Japanese media reported, but it was unclear if opposition lawmakers would accept or veto him. 

  • As Dollar Tumbles, Should Fed Stop Cutting Rates? Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 12:55 PM ET

    The Fed is cutting rates to bolster the economy and keep the credit crunch from getting worse. But in the process, the central bank is creating other problems--including higher inflation

  • Dollar Deepens Losses on Housing Report Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:53 AM ET

    The dollar extended losses against the euro and the yen Thursday after U.S. pending home sales were unchanged in January, doing little to allay investor worries over the deteriorating U.S. economic outlook.

  • Jobless Claims Fell Last Week But Remain High Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:16 AM ET

    Fewer workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the number remaining on jobless aid stood at the highest level in nearly two and a half years.

  • Foreclosures Hit a Record; Pending Home Sales Steady Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:08 AM ET

    U.S. home foreclosures and the rate of homes entering the foreclosure process rose to record highs in the fourth quarter. Pending sales of previously owned homes were unchanged in January.

  • Yuan Not Key to Inflation Fight: China's Central Bank Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 1:13 AM ET

    A stronger yuan can help temper price pressures but plays second fiddle to monetary policy in China's struggle against inflation, the country's central bank chief said on Thursday.

  • Australia Trade Deficit Widens as Imports Bulge Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 9:16 PM ET

    Australia's trade deficit ballooned 41 percent in January as strong domestic demand sucked in imports while bad weather and supply bottlenecks crimped export growth. 

  • Fed Must Act to Stem Crisis, Pianalto Says Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 8:39 PM ET
    Federal Reserve

    The global credit crisis creates big downside risks to an already softening economy that require bold action from the U.S. central bank, Cleveland Federal Reserve President Sandra Pianalto said on Wednesday.

  • Beige Book: Economy Broadly Slower in Early 2008 Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 2:16 PM ET

    Federal Reserve districts all saw decelerating economic growth in early 2008, even as prices pressed upward almost everywhere, the central bank's "Beige Book" report on economic conditions said on Wednesday.

  • TEXT: Beige Book Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 2:09 PM ET

    The full text of the Beige Book released by the Federal Reserve on March 5, 2008 and based on information collected on or before February 25, 2008.

  • Reader Poll: Recession Worse Than Inflation? Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 1:12 PM ET

    By many measures, confidence in the dollar has never been lower, and some fear more Federal Reserve interest rate cuts will make matters worse by swelling inflation and undermining long-term U.S. economic health.

  • Dollar Hits Record Low vs Euro Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 11:35 AM ET

    The dollar hit a fresh record low against the euro and a basket of currencies Wednesday, on renewed concerns about the health of the U.S. economy.

  • European Central Bank Rate Decision Timeline Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 10:44 AM ET

    This is a timeline of the European Central Bank's rate decisions from 2007 to date.

  • Euro Zone Service Sector Rebounds; Spain, Italy Lagging Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 4:54 AM ET

    Euro zone services growth staged a partial comeback in February, in line with an earlier estimate, though a sharp divide in growth rates within the bloc poses a problem for the European Central Bank.

  • Gastronomical Prices -- The Rising Cost of Food Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 12:43 AM ET
    DISPOSABLE CHOPSTICKS

    If the words 'recession' and 'stagflation' hadn't added enough to the lexicon of economic doom and gloom in these days of woe, financial markets -- and more importantly the general public -- now have to contend with a new term: 'agflation'. That's agricultural price inflation to you and me.

  • Japan Capex Slides; Quarter Growth Seen Hard Hit Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 10:21 PM ET

    Japanese corporate capital spending fell the most in five years, fourth-quarter figures showed, pointing to a sharp downward revision in growth and reinforcing expectations of a rate cut later this year.

  • China's Wen Focuses on Fighting Inflation, Pollution Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 9:31 PM ET
    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks at a press conference after the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People Friday March 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

    China's Premier Wen Jiabao vowed on Wednesday to focus on fighting inflation, pollution and misgovernment as the nation readies for a year when it will be tested by the Olympic Games and global economic gloom.

  • Australia's Economy Buoyed by Strong Spending Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 8:52 PM ET

    Australia's economy expanded at its slowest pace in a year last quarter but only because strength in consumer and government spending was tempered by a big drag from the country's trade deficit.

  • Euro Zone Economy Slows, Inflation Jumps Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 10:33 AM ET
    ** FILE ** Euro coins fall out of the hands of a person in Frankfurt, central Germany, Feb. 4, 2007. The euro set an all-time high against the dollar Friday, April 27, 2007, buying US$1.3682 as fears about a U.S. economic slowdown mounted amid signs of weak growth. L(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Quarterly euro zone economic growth almost halved in the last three months of 2007 and prices at factory gates jumped in January, data showed, highlighting the diverging growth and inflation trends faced by the ECB.

  • Dollar Turns Positive Vs. Yen as Stocks Cut Losses Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 9:38 AM ET
    Dollar and Yen

    The dollar turned higher against the yen on Tuesday as U.S. stocks trimmed losses late in the afternoon on talk of a bail-out for bond insurer Ambac.