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  • China factories face new challenge as growth slows Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:05 AM ET

    HONG KONG— As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper. Caught in the middle are companies like Linan Meite, which sells shipping-container loads of electronics cable to customers in Europe and North and South America.

  • April 16- The world economy can expect steady growth at best over the coming year, but any rapid slowdown in China as it tries to rebalance its economy could upset the still-unsteady progress, Reuters polls showed.

  • POLL-Low inflation to linger for years in euro zone Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    April 16- The euro zone is set for at least two more years of low inflation, held down by a strong currency and anaemic economic and jobs growth, and still faces a very real threat of deflation, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.

  • BEIJING, April 16- China's economy expanded 7.4 percent between January and March, its slowest pace in 18 months, prompting authorities to act for the second time in as many weeks to shore up growth.

  • Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia's economy slowed sharply at the start of the year as the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country. Russian markets have been rattled by the tensions with neighboring Ukraine, where Russia annexed the Black Sea region of Crimea last month. Europe is Russia's largest trading partner.

  • METALS-Copper firms on China GDP data, nickel eases Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:43 AM ET

    *Copper up after Tuesday's fall of nearly 2 pct. LONDON, April 16- Copper rose on Wednesday, recouping some of the last session's deep losses, on relief that top consumer China posted slightly higher-than-forecast first quarter growth. Copper is going to be trading range bound essentially, "said Macquarie analyst Vivian Lloyd.

  • BEIJING, April 16- China shares closed a touch higher on Wednesday after slightly better-than-expected first-quarter growth data eased worries about a dramatic slowdown in the Chinese economy. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings rose 0.1 percent.

  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    TOKYO— Shares rose Wednesday in Asia as positive sentiment from strong corporate earnings outweighed Ukraine's crisis and slower economic growth in China.

  • BEIJING, April 16- China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 18 months in the first quarter of 2014, official data showed on Wednesday, with signs of waning momentum already prompting limited government action to steady the world's second-largest economy. It was China's slowest annual growth since the third quarter of 2012, when growth was also 7.4 percent.

  • BEIJING— CORRECTION: China's economic growth slows to 7.4 percent, slowest since third quarter of 2012..

  • SYDNEY, April 16- Commodity currencies nursed heavy losses early on Wednesday, while the other major currencies struggled for clear direction as investors kept a nervous eye on developments in Ukraine and ahead of a slew of Chinese economic data.

  • *Data due at 10 a.m. local time/ 0200 GMT. BEIJING, April 16- China is expected to report its slowest growth in five years on Wednesday, a Reuters poll shows, with signs of waning strength in the first quarter of 2014 already prompting government action to steady the world's second-largest economy.

  • BRASILIA, April 15- Brazil's growing prosperity is allowing teenagers to stay in school for longer instead of searching for jobs to support their families, boosting the country's long-term prospects but also causing some economic headaches.

  • *Yahoo, Morgan Stanley rise after research notes. NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Tuesday after earnings from Coca Cola and Johnson& Johnson and ahead of economic data including inflation and manufacturing.

  • Asia shares rise, shrug off slower China growth Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:54 AM ET

    TOKYO— World stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday as Ukraine tensions continued to bubble and jitters about China's economy resurfaced. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 1.6 percent at 22,671.26 as a drop in China's money supply unnerved investors ahead of first quarter economic growth figures due Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, April 14- Brent crude oil rose more $1.50 on Monday as Western powers considered tougher sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, while U.S. crude rose modestly after positive retail sales data signaled a rebound in the American economy.

  • FOREX-Euro retreats as ECB steps up verbal campaign Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 7:48 PM ET

    *Ukraine, stocks, Chinese data in focus this week. SYDNEY, April 14- The euro got off to a shaky start on Monday after the European Central Bank fired another warning shot at bullish investors, saying it will be forced to ease monetary policy further if the currency keeps going up.

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- Russia's further incursions into eastern Ukraine would have serious macroeconomic consequences, destabilizing banks and crimping Ukraine's national output, the central bank governor said on Sunday.

  • PARIS, April 13- Chinese economic growth data this week will offer the clearest indication yet of whether the world's second-largest economy will dodge a "hard landing". The International Monetary Fund warned last week on the risk of a "hard landing" in China.

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- For a bunch of people who just agreed the global economy is doing better, top officials from the world's rich and poor nations sound rather worried.

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