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  • US and South Korea Close to Deal on Beef Exports Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 10:05 PM ET
    A South Korean protester in a cow outfit holds a placard during a candlelight vigil against U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. South Korea's opposition parties agreed Wednesday to boycott the new legislature to pressure embattled President Lee Myung-bak to renegotiate a much-criticized beef import deal with the United States. The Korean read " Oppose Import." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    The United States and South Korea on Thursday concluded negotiations over a recent deal to reopen the Asian nation's market to U.S. beef exports, signaling they were close to a breakthrough.

  • EU's Mandelson Sees Russia WTO Deal in 2008 Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 3:31 AM ET

    Agreement can be reached by the end of this year on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), but rows over the trade in meat and timber need to be resolved, the European Union's trade chief said.

  • US, South Korea Press on With Beef Trade Talks Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 7:53 PM ET
    A South Korean protester in a cow outfit holds a placard during a candlelight vigil against U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. South Korea's opposition parties agreed Wednesday to boycott the new legislature to pressure embattled President Lee Myung-bak to renegotiate a much-criticized beef import deal with the United States. The Korean read " Oppose Import." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    U.S. and South Korean trade officials pressed ahead with negotiations that Seoul hopes will result in new limits to a recent deal to reopen South Korea's market to U.S. beef exports.

  • Euro Zone Swings to Trade Surplus in April Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 6:06 AM ET

    The euro zone unexpectedly swung to a trade surplus in April from a deficit in March, data showed on Tuesday, as the region's strong currency failed to subdue exports and imports expanded quickly.

  • Australia's RBA Felt Rates High Enough in June Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 11:08 PM ET

    Australia's central bank  concluded that interest rates were high enough to cool the  economy and restrain inflation, at its June policy meeting,  minutes showed on Tuesday, though the board stood ready to tighten further should demand not slow as expected.

  • US, China Sign Business Deals, Eye Investment Pact Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 9:55 PM ET
    China, Chinese Flag

    U.S. and Chinese companies signed 35 business deals in sectors ranging from automobiles to telecommunications on the eve of high-level trade and investment talks between the two countries.

  • South Korea, US Beef Talks Break Down, No Deal Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 12:36 AM ET
    A South Korean protester in a cow outfit holds a placard during a candlelight vigil against U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Wednesday, June 4, 2008. South Korea's opposition parties agreed Wednesday to boycott the new legislature to pressure embattled President Lee Myung-bak to renegotiate a much-criticized beef import deal with the United States. The Korean read " Oppose Import." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Talks between top South Korean and U.S. trade officials aimed at easing an uproar in South Korea over a deal to resume American beef imports broke down without an agreement, the two countries said on Monday. 

  • South Korea Seeks a Revised Beef Deal Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 1:13 PM ET

    South Korea said Thursday that it would send its top trade negotiator to the United States to try to revise an agreement on American beef imports that has set off weeks of demonstrations against the government of President Lee Myung-bak.

  • Australia Needs Tight Policy Given Trade Boom : RBA Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 12:01 AM ET

    Domestic demand in Australia is cooling in the face of higher interest rates but coming stimulus from a trade boom means a tight monetary policy remains essential, the country's top central banker said on Friday.

  • Australia Jobs Fall for First Time in 19 Months Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 10:54 PM ET

    Australian employment fell in May for the first time in 19 months, an unexpected sign of softness in one of the strongest parts of the economy which should lessen the risk of another increase in interest rates.

  • Australia Trade Deficit Drops, Surplus on Horizon Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 11:14 PM ET

    Australia's trade deficit shrank by far more than expected to its smallest in 14 months in April fuelling speculation that surging prices for coal and iron ore exports could make deficits a thing of the past.

  • South Korea's Current Account Surplus at 3-Year High Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 10:41 PM ET
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    South Korea's current account surplus hit a three-year high in April as exports grew faster than imports, central bank data showed on Friday, helping push the won up sharply to a fresh 3-week high against the dollar.

  • Motion Picture Association of America boss Dan Glickman talks about Beijing's efforts to crack down on film piracy ahead of the summer Olympics.

  • Gutierrez: US, China Need to Fight Protectionism Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 4:41 AM ET

    The United States and China both need to fend off a troubling rise in economic nationalism in order to keep their economies strong, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on Thursday.

  • NZ Posts Surprise March Trade Deficit, Kiwi Down Tuesday, 29 Apr 2008 | 12:12 AM ET

    New Zealand posted a surprise trade deficit in March, driven by lower dairy exports and higher oil imports, suggesting slower economic growth in the first quarter and sending the currency lower.

  • Where's the Economy Going? Nobel Winners Weigh In Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 2:32 PM ET

    CNBC's "Squawk Box" hosted a meeting of the minds this morning: Past Nobel Prize winners shared their insight on the future of the markets.

  • K&C Quotables Wednesday, 23 Apr 2008 | 2:56 PM ET

    Some notable quotes from last night's Kudlow & Company: "[If Obama is the Democratic nominee] this is going to be -- ideologically -- the greatest distinction that we’ve had in candidates since the 1980 election when Jimmy Carter ran against Reagan." And much more...

  • ADB: Asia Needs Fiscal Steps, Not Food Export Bans Monday, 21 Apr 2008 | 10:01 PM ET

    Asian governments should avoid export bans to address the rising price of food and instead help the poor with fiscal measures to alleviate the impact, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.

  • South Korea Boosts Prospects for US Trade Deal Thursday, 17 Apr 2008 | 9:59 PM ET

    South Korea agreed on Friday to open its market to U.S. beef, boosting prospects for a sweeping trade deal, ahead of a Camp David summit between leaders of the two allies later in the day.

  • CME Finalizes Deal to Buy NYMEX for $9.4 Billion Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 8:51 AM ET

    CME Group, the world's largest derivatives exchange, Monday forged a definitive agreement to buy energy and precious metals mart NYMEX for about $9.4 billion.

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