*China Q1 GDP growth slows to 7.4 percent. *Ukraine sends troops east to fight separatist militia. SINGAPORE, April 16- Brent crude edged towards $109 a barrel on Wednesday, coming off a six-week high as mixed Chinese data and a gradual resumption of Libyan oil exports offset support from the Ukraine crisis.» Read More
GENEVA, April 14- The World Trade Organization slightly raised its 2014 forecast for growth in global goods trade to 4.7 percent on Monday, saying it did not expect a return to the historical trend level of 5.3 percent until 2015..
GENEVA, April 14- The World Trade Organization revised its 2014 forecast for growth in global goods trade slightly upward to 4.7 percent on Monday, but said it did not expect growth to return to the historical trend level of 5.3 percent until 2015..
WTO SEES GLOBAL TRADE IN GOODS GROWING BY 4.7 PCT IN 2014, REVISED UP FROM FORECAST OF 4.5 PCT IN SEPT.
WTO SAYS DOLLAR VALUE OF GLOBAL SERVICES EXPORTS GREW 6 PCT TO $4.6 TRLN IN 2013, VS 2 PCT GROWTH IN 2012.
WTO SEES TRADE IN GOODS GROWING BY 5.3 PCT IN 2015, RETURNING TO 20- YEAR GROWTH TREND.
WTO SAYS MAIN VARIABLE IN WORLD TRADE FORECASTS IS SPEED OF EU ECONOMIC RECOVERY.
U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, says the country needs to invest and export more in order to build a more resilient economy.
HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government called a "policy of leniency." The unusual moves come as Hanoi is negotiating a free trade deal with the United States that is expected to help Vietnam's stumbling economy.
SINGAPORE, April 14- Nickel extended gains on Monday to hit its highest level in more than a year on renewed concerns over supply of the stainless steel material following Indonesia's move to stop ore exports.
*Australia keen to sell live cattle to China. SYDNEY/ BEIJING, April 14- Hot on the back of winning lower tariffs for beef exports from its largest buyer Japan, Australia is setting its sights on winning another major prize for its beef industry by persuading China to open its market to live cattle sales.
The UK needs to invest and reverse its declining exports if its recovery is to be more sustainable, the country's Treasury chief told CNBC.
TOKYO, April 12- The United States has proposed eliminating over 30 years its tariffs on Japanese motor vehicles but Japan rejected the proposal because the time period is unusually long, Kyodo News reported on Saturday.
WASHINGTON, April 11- A trade group representing U.S. food and beverage makers has asked U.S. authorities not to go ahead with a proposed dumping case against the Mexican sugar industry, as a coalition of sugar cane and beet producers recently urged.
LONDON, April 11- Iran's crude oil exports have surged to their highest in 20 months, far exceeding a one million barrel-per-day limit set by the West under an interim deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme.
LONDON, April 11- Nickel hit a 13- month high on Friday as Indonesia's ban on ore exports kept market supplies tight, though risks are rising that lofty prices will encourage buyers to look for cheaper sources of supply.
GENEVA, April 11- The United States and China have both appealed against recent rulings in disputes at the World Trade Organization, filings published by the WTO showed on Friday.
NEW DELHI, April 11- Gold and silver imports into India, the world's second-biggest buyer of the metal, dropped 40 percent to $33.46 billion in 2013/ 14, a trade ministry source said on Friday, following a series of restrictions imposed by the federal government to curtail the current account deficit.
SYDNEY, April 11- London nickel reached its highest in 13 months on Friday and was on track to log its ninth weekly gain in 10 weeks, as a ban on ore exports from Indonesia fuelled prices of the metal used in stainless steel. China's stainless steel makers and traders stocked up on nickel ore exports from Indonesia ahead of the ban that came into force in January.
*Big differences remain in U.S.- Japan trade talks- farm minister. *U.S.- Japan deal vital for broader regional pact. The United States wants Japan to open its rice, beef and pork, dairy and sugar sectors- politically powerful sectors that Abe has vowed to defend.
SYDNEY, April 11- London nickel held near a more than one-year top on Friday and was on track to log its ninth weekly gain in 10 weeks, as a ban on ore exports from Indonesia fuelled prices of the metal used in stainless steel. China's stainless steel makers and traders stocked up on nickel ore exports from Indonesia ahead of the ban that came into force in January.