• While a delay in the planned consumption tax hike will boost Japan in the short-term, it could jeopardize efforts of fiscal consolidation, says David Mann, Regional Head of Research, Asia at Standard Chartered.

  • TOKYO, Nov 17- The dollar surged to a fresh seven-year high against the yen on Monday after Japan's third quarter GDP unexpectedly contracted, giving the Japanese prime minister a strong excuse to call a snap election and delay a planned sales tax hike. The dollar rose to a peak of 117.06 yen, its highest since October 2007. Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank an...

  • Japan Q3 GDP is 'shockingly weak': JP Morgan     Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 7:06 PM ET

    Yoshito Sakakibara, Executive Director of Investment Research, JP Morgan, outlines the factors weighing on Japan's growth and says it may be ideal to delay the sales tax hike.

  • TOKYO, Nov 17- Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank an annualised 1.6 percent in July-September after a severe contraction in the previous quarter, likely solidifying the view that premier Shinzo Abe will delay a second sales tax hike next year. It followed a revised 7.3 percent contraction in the second quarter, which was the biggest slump since the March 2011...

  • TOKYO, Nov 17- Japanese economic growth figures due to be released on Monday will set the stage for expected decisions by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay an unpopular sales tax hike and call a snap election just two years after he took office. The third quarter gross domestic product data will show how far Japan's has recovered from its worst contraction since...

  • Israel economy contracts by 0.4 percent in Q3 Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    JERUSALEM— Israel's government says the country's gross domestic product shrank by 0.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014, the first time the economy has contracted in almost five years. Sunday's announcement from the Central Bureau of Statistics covers the period when the country fought a 50- day war with Islamic militants in the Gaza Strip.

  • Germany is 'wasting' an opportunity: Bofinger     Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    Peter Bofinger, member of the German Council of Economic Experts and one of the German Chancellor's "wise men" says that Germany's is not doing its original job of being the economic "powerhouse of the euro area".

  • Got a preowned car? You're helping the economy Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 10:32 AM ET
    File photo: Certified pre-owned cars parked at a dealership lot in Michigan.

    The auto market is doing better than economists are giving it credit for. Why? Untracked certified preowned vehicle sales.

  • LONDON, Nov 14- European stocks were flat on Friday after gross domestic product numbers showed both France and Germany grew marginally in the third quarter, while the dollar rose further against the yen on expectations of a snap election in Japan. The European data confirmed that the outlook for much of the world economy still looks much shakier than for the...

  • How should we trade the euro?     Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    John Hardy, FX strategist at Saxo Bank, comments on the mixed euro zone GDP numbers. He advises investors to watch for "signals" from the European Central Bank about the prospective transition towards quantitative easing.

  • TABLE-Hong Kong Q3 GDP up 1.7 pct q/q s/adj Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 3:52 AM ET

    Nov 14- The Hong Kong government issued second-quarter gross domestic product data on Friday showing that the economy grew a seasonally adjusted 1.7 percent over the second-quarter of 2014 and rose 2.7 percent from the same period last year. KEY FIGURES GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT ttttt2014tttttt ttt2013ttt. Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3.

  • Japan GDP data make-or-break for snap election Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    TOKYO— The release Monday of Japan's quarterly economic data, normally a routine event, is getting far more attention than usual: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to make the dour GDP reading the basis for calling a snap election. Abe wants a renewed mandate as he weighs delaying a sales tax increase that is crucial to getting Japan's battered government...

  • French GDP figures a 'relief': Pro     Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    Steven Bell, director of global macro at F&C, says the 0.3 percent quarter-on-quarter rise in French third quarter GDP is a "relief" but the country's government is "paralyzed" and unable to make the necessary structural reforms.

  • Weak euro 'wont' transform the world': Pro     Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    Steven Bell, director of global macro at F&C, says the impact of a weaker euro on the economy is minimal.

  • *Army seized power on May 22 in bid to end crisis. BANGKOK, Nov 14- Thailand's economy probably expanded slightly in the third quarter after a military coup in May returned some stability to the country, but the pace of recovery will likely be slower than expected as exports and domestic demand remain sluggish. "Fragile domestic demand and weak exports temper high...

  • TOKYO, Nov 14- Japan's Nikkei share average pulled back from a seven-year high on Friday as investors turned cautious before economic growth data next week, amid mounting expectations that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would call an early election and possibly postpone a sales tax hike. The Nikkei started rising on Oct. 31, after investors cheered the Bank Of...

  • What Germans CEOs think of the economy     Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC talks to four German CEOs about their thoughts on the current state of Germany's economy, prior to release of the third quarter's GDP data.

  • Why low Europe growth is good for Sodexo     Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    Europe will have very low GDP growth for years to come, which could be a "great opportunity", says Sodexo CEO Michel Landel.

  • *Takata rises on air bag chemical modification announcement. After big gains in the previous two sessions on expectations Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to delay a second rise in the sales tax in an attempt to keep Japan's sluggish economy recovery on track, investors stepped back to assess the wider economic picture. "I think the mood in the market is...

  • Gaurav Mehta, VP of Institutional Equities at Ambit Capital, says a rate cut in December is unlikely as it's too early for the Indian central bank to declare victory on inflation.