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  • Fear of economic blow as births drop around world Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    Six years after the financial crisis, birth rates haven't bounced back. For the economy, that's bad news.

  • LONDON, May 5- Portuguese bond yields fell on Monday after Lisbon said it would exit its international bailout programme later this month without a back-up loan, a bold step for a country that two years ago was thought to be at risk of defaulting on its debts.

  • LISBON, April 30- Portugal's government expects to have room to start reversing public sector salary cuts from 2015 while maintaining its budget deficit reduction targets after the end of its international bailout next month.

  • *China's yuan on track for fourth monthly loss. LONDON, April 30- The euro recovered and the currency bloc's government bonds retreated on Wednesday after euro zone inflation stayed just about strong enough to suggest the European Central Bank will take no action when it meets next week.

  • *China's yuan on track for fourth monthly loss. LONDON, April 30- The euro and the currency bloc's government bonds yields inched lower on Wednesday as investors waited on euro zone inflation data that, if weak, would increase pressure on the European Central Bank to act when it meets next week.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to May 6 Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England will release the minutes of April Monetary Policy Committee meeting- 0830 GMT. HELSINKI- Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen and The Finns Party leader Timo Soini participate in a election debate- 1300 GMT.

  • 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.

  • MILAN, April 14- Italy won orders worth 6.72 billion euros for an inflation-linked bond on the first day of sale on Monday, confirming small investors' appetite for a security that often raises record amounts.

  • BRASILIA, April 9- Brazil's rate of inflation in March picked up at the quickest pace in 11 years for that month, challenging the central bank's plan to stop raising interest rates soon and complicating President Dilma Rousseff's chances of re-election.

  • LONDON, April 4- A solid pace of U.S. jobs growth pushed up Wall Street stocks futures and the dollar on Friday, adding to pressure on the euro from signs that the European Central Bank is warming to the once-taboo idea of aggressive asset buying. Futures prices extended gains, pointing to a rise of around 0.4 percent for Wall Street.

  • *Greece showing signs of pulling out of recession. LONDON, April 3- Greece is planning to return to the international bond market this month, four years after it became the first euro zone country to be bailed out and only two years since defaulting on its debts.

  • *Athens sees full market return in 2016. *Athens could tap markets a second time this year. The Eurogroup of finance ministers met in Athens this week, attracting about 5,000 protesters who denounced the latest measures agreed with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to try to make the economy more competitive.

  • *Greece not considering follow-up international aid deal. April 1- Greece, fully funded for the next 12 months, hopes to finance itself on the market afterwards, but its euro zone peers say success depends on whether Athens delivers on the reforms it has promised so far.

  • ATHENS, March 31- Greece approved on Monday a contentious reform bill to secure bailout aid but the government was forced to expel a dissenting lawmaker, reducing its majority in parliament to just two seats.

  • LISBON, March 28- Portugal's chances of making a clean break from its international bailout in May are growing as its economic outlook gradually improves, borrowing costs slide, and some political dividends are seen for the government from going it alone. Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has said the government will decide on what to do in April.

  • LONDON, March 27- Spanish, Italian and Portuguese bond yields hit multi-year lows on Thursday, with speculation about further European Central Bank monetary policy easing prompting investors to seek the bigger returns offered by lower-rated assets.

  • LONDON, March 27- Spanish, Italian and Portuguese bond yields hit new historical lows on Thursday, with speculation about further European Central Bank monetary policy easing prompting investors to seek higher returns in lower-rated assets.

  • Italy yields rise as inflation-linked debt sale eyed Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 5:24 AM ET

    *Italy selling new 10- year inflation-linked bonds. LONDON, March 12- Italian bond yields rose further from eight-year lows on Wednesday as Rome launched a new. Italy underperformed top-rated euro zone bonds, which were rallying on growth and credit concerns in China as well as mounting tensions in Russia's standoff with western countries over Ukraine.

  • *Portugal, Ireland outperform other euro zone bonds. *Portugal's GDP grows a revised 0.6 pct in Q4. His comments and the data accelerated a fall in the country's bond yields, which hit 2010 lows recently on increasing optimism Portugal could follow Ireland out of its EU/IMF bailout later this year.

  • UPDATE 1-Greek recession slightly deeper than expected Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 9:26 AM ET

    ATHENS, March 11- Greece's economy has shrunk by almost 24 percent over the past six years in the deepest and most protracted peacetime recession in its history, according to revised gross domestic product data released on Tuesday.