SINGAPORE, Dec 10- Ministers in Trans-Pacific trade talks said on Tuesday they had made' substantial progress' during a four-day meeting in Singapore but have not reached a final agreement and will meet again next month.» Read More
GENEVA, Dec 6- The head of the World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo is preparing to submit the text of a global trade deal to the WTO membership for agreement later on Friday, said sources involved in the talks at the WTO's ministerial conference in Bali.
*Australia, S.Korea just signed free trade agreement. SEOUL/ SYDNEY, Dec 6- General Motors Co may consider shipping more South Korean-made cars to Australia, a source said on Friday, as part of a global restructuring that will see its Chevrolet brand in Europe dropped and production in Australia potentially scrapped.
BEIJING, Dec 6- China is expected to post an increase in imports of major commodities in November compared with the preceding month, helped by stock building ahead of winter and after a week-long holiday disrupted shipments in October.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 6- Ministers from nearly 160 member countries of the World Trade Organisation entered a final day of negotiations on Friday with officials sounding optimistic over chances of salvaging a deal that would save the trade body from sliding into irrelevance.
NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 6- Ministers from nearly 160 member countries of the World Trade Organisation entered a final day of negotiations on Friday with officials sounding optimistic over chances of salvaging a deal that would save the WTO from sliding into irrelevance.
BUENOS AIRES, Dec 5- Argentina's recent Cabinet shuffle has smoothed trade friction between South America's two largest economies and clears the way for a united proposal for free trade with the European Union, Brazilian Trade Minister Fernando Pimentel said on Thursday.
Analysts expect India to be a net exporter of sugar in 2013/ 14, selling at least 1.5 million tonnes and possibly more than 2.0 million depending on price movements in coming months. ICE raw sugar futures slipped to three-month lows this week after news that the cane crush in India had begun, signalling more exports.
MOSCOW, Dec 5- Ukraine's choice of closer ties with Moscow, spurning a trade pact with the EU, could rub its struggling steelmakers up against Russia's own beleaguered metals firms, who will resist Kiev's attempts to export its way out of trouble.
SYDNEY, Dec 5- Australia has sealed a free trade agreement with South Korea that will eliminate tariffs of up to 300 percent on Australia's major exports, notably agricultural products and resources, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday.
*India gains supporters for its stance on food subsidies. A Bali trade deal, already diluted to the "low-hanging fruit" of the moribund Doha round of talks, largely hinges on India and whether the world's second most populous country can find common ground with the United States and other developed countries on food subsidies.
A Bali trade deal, already diluted to the "low-hanging fruit" of the moribund Doha round of talks, largely hinges on India and whether the world's second most populous country can find common ground with the United States and other developed countries on food subsidies.
Abah Ofon, Director, Agricultural Commodities Research at Standard Chartered tells CNBC"s Cash Flow that India's agricultural subsidies are a sensitive issue because stockpiling soft commodities distorts trade flows.
TOKYO, Dec 5- U.S. crude oil futures edged lower in early trade on Thursday, pulled down by profit-taking after four sessions of gains, as government data showed an unexpected fall in U.S. stockpiles in the world's largest oil consumer.
Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative, addresses India's concerns about food security and explains the likelihood of completing a full-scale WTO trade deal.
*Exports, US freeze lift Paris wheat to near 7- month high. CHICAGO, Dec 4- U.S. soybean futures were higher on Wednesday, reversing two days of declines, on technical buying despite prospects for a huge soy harvest in South America. Chicago Board of Trade January soybeans were up 9-3/ 4 cents per bushel at $13.29-1/ 2, while December wheat was down 6-1/ 2 at $6.47-1/ 4.
VIENNA, Dec 4- A delegation of about 10 Austrian companies hoping to win post-sanctions business in Iran following its nuclear deal with world powers will visit Tehran this weekend, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce said on Wednesday.
*Canada posts modest C $75 million trade surplus. OTTAWA, Dec 4- Canada unexpectedly posted its first trade surplus in 22 months in October but the surprise news was less upbeat than it looked at first, given that both imports and exports fell.
*Private employers add 215,000 jobs in November. *Trade deficit narrows to $40.6 billion in October. WASHINGTON, Dec 4- U.S. private employers hired more workers than expected in November, suggesting the labor market was improving enough for the Federal Reserve to start trimming its bond purchases.
WASHINGTON-- The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade deficit for October. SLIGHTLY LOWER: Economists forecast a deficit of $40.1 billion, according to a survey by FactSet. That would be down from $41.8 billion in September.
SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Dec 4- China plans to roll out financial sector reforms in the Shanghai special economic zone in the next three months and most will be implemented in a year, suggesting authorities are accelerating the pace of dismantling capital account controls.