• Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Friday backsliding on a World Trade Organization deal struck in Bali last December threatened a serious blow to the credibility of the global trading system.

  • Russia bans dairy imports from Ukraine Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 8:09 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia has announced a ban on all dairy imports from Ukraine starting next week, a move Kiev has dismissed as politically motivated. Russia is a key market for Ukrainian dairy products. Russia lambasted Ukraine's decision to sign a treaty with the EU in June.

  • JAKARTA, July 25- Freeport-McMoRan Inc and the Indonesian government on Friday reached a deal over a contract dispute that should pave the way for a resumption of the U.S. company's copper exports after a six-month halt.

  • GENEVA, July 24- India blocked an agreement on new global customs rules on Thursday, angering fellow members of the World Trade Organization who say Delhi's veto could be costly, economically and politically.

  • GENEVA, July 24- The latest U.S. sanctions against Russia violate World Trade Organization rules and may force Moscow into a destabilizing trade dispute, Russia's ambassador told the Geneva- based trade body on Thursday.

  • GENEVA, July 24- The latest U.S. sanctions against Russia are a violation of World Trade Organization rules that may force Moscow into a destabilising trade dispute, Russia's ambassador told the Geneva- based trade body on Thursday.




  • *Freeport set to strike deal. JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia has offered mining companies a tax concession to end a six-month dispute that has reduced mineral exports by half a billion dollars a month, pushed up the global price of some metals and led to thousands of layoffs.

  • JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia will cut the tax levied on mineral concentrate exports to less than 10 percent from 20-25 percent for miners that pay a bond as a guarantee they will build a smelter later, a government official said on Thursday.

  • *China food regulator visits 581 food-related businesses. Shanghai police detained five people on Wednesday, including the head and the quality chief of Shanghai Husi Food, a supplier to foreign fast-food brands including KFC, McDonald's Corp and coffee chain Starbucks Corp over allegations it supplied out-of-date meat.

  • JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia will soon allow U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Copper& Gold Inc to resume copper exports, with both sides close to ending a six-month dispute over new mining rules, a senior official said on Thursday. Indonesia introduced a mineral ore export ban and a steep export tax on concentrates in January.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:05 a.m. EDT Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    China factory activity at 18- month high as mini-stimulus for No. 2 economy takes effect Facebook on a roll as 2nd- quarter earnings, revenue surpass expectations Standard& Poor's 500 index ekes out all-time high after Apple and Boeing report earnings Still-slow rebound belies a sturdier economy with less consumer debt and more educated workers IMF sees US growth this year at weakest pace since recession after sharp 1 Q contraction New Zealand raises benchmark interest rate to 3.5 percent but signals pause in future hikes Atlantic City mayor says 6 potential buyers for Revel casino; Atlantic Club may be re-sold In a divided vote, SEC supports an end to $1 a share price for some riskier money-market funds Japan trade deficit at record $74.9 billion in first half as import growth outpaces exports South Korea unveils stimulus plans as shock of ferry sinking slows growth

  • JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia's top two copper miners signalled they are nearing a breakthrough to allow a restart of concentrate exports, which have been halted for more than six months due to a dispute with the Southeast Asian country over new mining rules.

  • Japan trade deficit at record $75B in first half Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 9:23 PM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.

  • *Japan logs record two full years of trade deficits. TOKYO, July 24- Japan's exports unexpectedly fell in June for a second straight month in a worrying signal that weak external demand could continue to drag on the economy's recovery from a sales tax rise.

  • Japan's streak of trade deficits hits two-year mark Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:56 PM ET

    Japan's monthly streak of trade deficits hit a two-year mark in June, as exports continued to stay weak while imports remained high.

  • Japan June exports fall 2.0 pct year/year - MOF Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:55 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 24- Japan's exports unexpectedly fell 2.0 percent in June from a year earlier, down for the second straight month, Ministry of Finance data showed on Thursday, a worrying signal that weak external demand could continue to drag on the economy's recovery. The fall compared with a 1.0 percent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll.

  • What's behind Japan's widening trade deficits?     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 PM ET

    Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, outlines reasons for the trade imbalance and explains why exports will be sluggish in the near term.