LONDON, April 3- Global business activity accelerated last month, with solid performances in services and manufacturing suggesting the economy grew about 3 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, a survey showed on Thursday.» Read More
LONDON, March 24- The euro struggled to extend gains on Monday, hurt by evidence that growth in the euro zone's largest economy, Germany, was slowing, though investors were also wary of buying the dollar as they awaited more evidence of a U.S. recovery.
*China's lower-than-expected PMI weighs on sentiment. PARIS, March 24- European stocks slipped in early trade on Monday, trimming last week's lofty gains, as data showing China's manufacturing activity contracted in the first quarter of 2014 revived worries over the outlook for global growth.
*Hong Kong at one-week high on short-covering. HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, March 24- Shares in Hong Kong and China shares rose on Monday as a weak factory survey heightened expectations that Beijing will have to unveil stimulus measures soon to avert a sharper downturn in the world's second-largest economy.
LONDON, March 5- Global economic growth eased last month as adverse weather conditions hit the service industry in the United States and Japan, a business survey showed on Wednesday.
LONDON, March 5- British companies hired staff at the fastest pace in at least 16 years last month, according to a business survey on Wednesday that showed strong economic growth has carried over into the first quarter. But a composite subindex showed the fastest rate of jobs growth since at least January 1998, when the data series first began.
BEIJING, March 3- Manufacturing activity among Asia's major export economies stumbled in February, led by China where data suggested growth in the factory sector was stalling. The HSBC/ Markit purchasing managers index on China manufacturing fell to 48.5 in February, a seven-month low and the third straight monthly decline in the index.
The HSBC Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, which gauges the business activity of India's factories but not its utilities, rose to 52.5 in February, its highest in a year, from 51.4 in January.
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*Sun Art hit 1-1/ 2- year low ahead of 2013 earnings. HONG KONG, Feb 28- Hong Kong shares fell on Friday afternoon, with mainland markets also weaker, as investors cut their exposure in cyclical outperformers ahead of a manufacturing survey and a key China parliamentary meeting next week.
TOKYO, Feb 28- Japanese manufacturing activity in February pulled back from an eight-year high set the previous month, a survey showed on Friday, suggesting a slight slowdown in factory output before a sales tax increase in April.
BEIJING, Feb 26- China's factory activity likely expanded only slightly in February, a Reuters poll showed, dropping to an eight-month low that would indicate a modest slowdown is continuing. China's official manufacturing purchasing managers' index may slip to 50.1, down from January's 50.5, according to the median forecast of 12 economists in the poll.
NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. manufacturing activity accelerated in February at its fastest pace in nearly four years due in part to growth in new orders, an industry report showed on Thursday. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to 56.7 in February, its highest since May 2010, compared to 53.7 in the final reading for January.
LONDON, Feb 20- Weak manufacturing data from China knocked 1 percent from emerging market stocks on Thursday, while Ukraine's debt insurance costs rose to their highest since December 2009 on its escalating conflict. "The story of China remains one of very sluggish growth," said Luis Costa, emerging markets strategist at Citi.
LONDON, Feb 20- Weak manufacturing data from China knocked 1 percent from emerging stocks on Thursday, while Ukraine's debt insurance costs rose to their highest since December 2009 on escalating conflict in the capital.
LONDON, Feb 20- The euro fell back against the dollar on Thursday after a French purchasing managers' index came in well below forecast, underlining a still fragile outlook for the European economy.
LONDON, Feb 20- Shares fell and the safe-haven yen rose on Thursday after surveys showing factory activity slowing in China and stuttering in Europe highlighted the fragility of the global economic recovery. Escalating conflict in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, hit developing country stocks and MSCI's emerging market index fell more than 1 percent.
PARIS, Feb 20- European shares dropped in early trade on Thursday following data showing a slide in China's factory activity and in France's service sector. China's flash Markit/HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index fell to a seven-month low of 48.3 in February from January's final reading of 49.5, sparking a sell-off in Asian shares.
*China banks hit by new liquidity regulations. *Tencent sinks after Facebook's WhatsApp deal. HONG KONG, Feb 20- Hong Kong shares fell from a four-week high early on Thursday, and losses accelerated after a preliminary private survey showed manufacturing activity in China slowed to a seven-month low, stoking fears of a more severe slowdown.
TOKYO, Feb 20- Asian stocks tumbled on Thursday and the yen firmed as a survey painted a grim picture of China's manufacturing sector, heightening uncertainty about the outlook for the region's economic powerhouse.