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  • BEIJING, May 9- China's consumer inflation was more muted than expected in April and producer prices fell for the 37th consecutive month, adding to concerns about growing deflationary pressures which are likely to trigger further policy easing. Annual consumer inflation picked up a shade to 1.5 percent in April, the National Bureau of Statistics said on...

  • BEIJING, May 9- China's consumer inflation edged up to 1.5 percent in April, less than market expectations and adding to concerns about burgeoning deflationary pressures which are likely to lead to more policy easing. The producer price index remained in negative territory for the 37th consecutive month, falling 4.6 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 8- Brazil's monthly inflation rate eased more than expected in April to the lowest in five months, data showed on Friday, underpinning government expectations that the worst of Brazil's recent price surge is over. Brazil's annual inflation rate remained well above the government's target at a 11- year high, though, backing up forecasts for...

  • The poor performance was triggered by signs of tighter regulatory scrutiny over margin lending, which has helped fuel a near doubling in China's stock market over the past year despite a flagging economy. Data on Friday showed that China's exports unexpectedly fell 6.4 percent in April from a year earlier, while imports tumbled by a deeper-than-forecast...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, May 8- If the state of China's economy was to be judged solely on the strength of imports of major commodities, it would be a reasonable conclusion that things were pretty much fine. But look a little further into the figures and concerns start to arise, perhaps not to the extent that China's economy is in deep trouble, but enough to suggest...

  • *Surprisingly weak trade data fans stimulus expectations. BEIJING, May 8- China's exports unexpectedly fell 6.4 percent in April from a year earlier, while imports tumbled by a deeper-than-forecast 16.2 percent, fueling expectations that Beijing will quickly roll out more stimulus to avert a sharper economic slowdown. I expect an interest rate cut this...

  • BEIJING, May 8- China's exports unexpectedly fell 6.4 percent in April from a year earlier, while imports tumbled by a deeper-than-forecast 16.2 percent, fueling expectations that Beijing will quickly roll out more stimulus to avert a sharper economic slowdown. That left the country with a trade surplus of $34.13 billion for the month, the General...

  • *Greek spokesman says Athens won't back down on everything. *Athens seeks statement of progress to unlock ECB help. Despite efforts by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to coax leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras into moving on two key conditions for releasing EU/IMF bailout funds, the Greek government spokesman said lenders could not...

  • *Monetary policy easing having little effect on growth. BEIJING, May 7- China's leaders, caught off guard by a sharp economic slowdown and worried about the risk of job losses, are likely to resort to fiscal stimulus to revive growth after a run of monetary policy easings proved less effective, policy insiders said. The Politburo, the ruling Communist Party's top...

  • *April data likely to show signs of stabilising in economy. *Trade data due May 8; inflation data due May 9. BEIJING, May 6- A deluge of China data over the coming week is likely to show some signs of steadying in the world's second-largest economy, but economists still expect Beijing to roll out more stimulus measures to support growth.

  • *Liaoning province slashed its 2015 job creation target. BEIJING, May 6- As growth in China's sagging economy looks on the verge of spilling below 7 percent, officials worried about a spike in unemployment are pulling out all the stops to avoid mass lay-offs. The measures appear to be working for now, said a senior economist at the Development Research Centre, a...

  • SHANGHAI, May 6- Local Chinese officials are failing to implement central government policies to stimulate economic growth, an editorial in the People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, said on Wednesday. Some officials have let their local economies slow after Beijing announced GDP growth would not be the only measure of...

  • SHANGHAI, May 5- A boom in China's stock market this year has delivered limited support to a rapidly cooling economy, helping cash-starved small firms raise funds but failing to boost consumption. "The market's boom has made corporate fund-raising easier, particularly for small and medium-sized companies," which are shunned by banks for loans, said Guo Yanling,...

  • *Gold snaps 3- day losing streak, but still below $1,200. SINGAPORE, May 4- Gold edged up on Monday after three days of losses, but the metal wasn't too far from a six-week low as investors continued to speculate on when the Federal Reserve might raise U.S. interest rates. "Gold has proven one time too many that it prefers to stick to $1,200 amid large fluctuations and I am...

  • SHANGHAI, May 4- China stocks rose on Monday, with construction and utility stocks taking the lead, as poor Chinese factory activity reinforced expectations of fresh government stimulus. Further underscoring the need for more stimulus to shore up faltering growth, the State Information Center, a top government think tank forecast that China's economy could...

  • HONG KONG, May 4- Asian stocks bounced off lows on Monday and the Australian dollar pared early losses as weak China factory activity reinforced views that Beijing will roll out fresh support measures soon for the world's second-largest economy. Spreadbetters expected the equity markets to open firmer in Europe, forecasting Germany's DAX and France's CAC to...

  • HONG KONG, May 4- Asian stocks bounced from their lows on Monday and the Australian dollar pared early losses as weak China factory activity reinforced views that Beijing will roll out fresh support measures soon for the world's second-largest economy. The HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index showed factory activity in China contracted at its fastest rate...

  • *Shanghai shares lower, Aussie dollar slips in reaction. "China's manufacturing sector had a weak start to Q2, with total new business declining at the quickest rate in a year while production stagnated," said Annabel Fiddes, an economist at Markit. Shanghai shares were off 0.6 percent, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen...

  • BEIJING, May 4- China's factories suffered their fastest drop in activity in a year in April as new orders shrank, a private business survey showed on Monday, hardening the case for fresh policy stimulus to halt a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 48.9 in April- the lowest level since April 2014- from...

  • LONDON, May 1- Copper rose on Friday to its highest since December due to seasonally strong demand and expectations of further economic stimulus measures from top consumer China. Three-month lead on the London Metal Exchange was at $2,120 at 1426 GMT from $2,110 at Thursday's close. Copper hit $6,392, its highest since last December.