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  • MADRID, June 8- The International Monetary Fund on Monday increased its growth forecast for Spain in 2015 and 2016 to 3.1 percent and 2.5 percent from the 2.5 percent and 2 percent it forecast in April but warned the country against reversing unpopular reforms. Some investors have fretted that Spain could cool the pace of its reforms after the country's ruling...

  • MADRID, June 8- The International Monetary Fund on Monday increased its forecast for growth in Spain for 2015 and 2016 to 3.1 percent and 2.5 percent from the 2.5 percent and 2 percent it forecast in April. The IMF warned that Spain needed to make additional reforms since it was currently benefitting from lower oil prices, the depreciation of the euro and the...

  • *Data show Japan on track for gradual recovery. TOKYO, June 8- Japan's economy expanded much faster than initially expected over January to March as companies ramped up capital investment, underscoring the central bank's view that recovery from last year's recession is gaining momentum. "This is a pretty positive figure and shows the recovery is picking up pace,"...

  • Fed will go ahead with September rate hike: Pro Sunday, 7 Jun 2015 | 10:02 PM ET
    Fed will go ahead with September rate hike: Pro

    David Mann, chief economist, Asia at Standard Chartered, says the robust U.S. employment report reinforces expectations for the Fed to raise interest rates in September.

  • TOKYO, June 8- Japan's economy expanded more than initially expected in January-March as companies ramped up capital investment, underscoring the central bank's view that recovery from last year's recession is gaining momentum. "This is a pretty positive figure and shows the recovery is picking up pace," said Takeshi Minami, chief economist at Norinchukin...

  • Japan is showing steady progress: Strategist Sunday, 7 Jun 2015 | 8:05 PM ET
    Japan is showing steady progress: Strategist

    Mikio Kumada, executive director & Global strategist at LGT Capital Partners, says the revised first-quarter gross domestic product indicates that Japan is showing steady progress.

  • TOKYO, June 8- Japan's economy expanded at an annualized pace of 3.9 percent in the first three months of this year, revised up from an initial estimate of 2.4 percent growth, government data showed on Monday. The revised figure compared with a median market forecast for 2.7 percent growth in real, price adjusted-terms. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, gross...

  • Japan’s first-quarter GDP revised sharply higher Sunday, 7 Jun 2015 | 7:52 PM ET
    Workers in a factory in Osaka, Japan.

    Japan's GDP growth was revised sharply higher in the first quarter, data on Monday showed, adding to hopes that its economic recovery is gaining traction.

  • Japan's economy is 'doing relatively well': RBS Sunday, 7 Jun 2015 | 7:51 PM ET
    Japan's economy is 'doing relatively well': RBS

    If Japan's economic growth continues to outperform like how it did in the first quarter, talks of further quantitative easing will fade away, says Greg Gibbs, head of APAC Markets Strategy at RBS.

  • Dollar-yen will 'creep' higher from here: Pro Sunday, 7 Jun 2015 | 7:47 PM ET
    Dollar-yen will 'creep' higher from here: Pro

    After trading rangebound for the past six months, dollar-yen is likely to move up on the back of a "cumulative impact of quantitative easing," says Greg Gibbs, head of APAC Markets Strategy at RBS.

  • What's there to buy in Asia? Very little: Freris Sunday, 7 Jun 2015 | 7:17 PM ET
    Feeling skeptical of China's rally, says this expert

    Andrew Freris, CEO of Ecognosis Advisory, says investors should steer clear of Chinese and Japanese equities and explains why he likes markets in South Korea and the Philippines.

  • Japan Q1 GDP may see an 'upward revision': Pro Sunday, 7 Jun 2015 | 6:31 PM ET
    Japan Q1 GDP may see an 'upward revision': Pro

    Marcel Thieliant, Global economist at Capital Economics, says Japan's revised GDP could see a better number than initially projected, but the boost from inventory may not last beyond the first quarter.

  • What's on the agenda in Asia this week Sunday, 7 Jun 2015 | 6:09 PM ET
    What's on the agenda in Asia this week

    Apart from Japan's first-quarter revised gross domestic product (GDP), China will publish a raft of economic indicators in the week ahead. CNBC's Oriel Morrison has more.

  • Hatzius: Jobs number reassuring Friday, 5 Jun 2015 | 10:32 AM ET
    Hatzius: Jobs number reassuring

    Discussing the pace of economic growth in the U.S., with Jan Hatzius, Goldman Sachs chief economist.

  • OTTAWA, June 5- The labor productivity of Canadian businesses edged down 0.1 percent in the first quarter, making for the first decline in a year, data from Statistics Canada showed on Friday. Real gross domestic product of businesses fell 0.3 percent, the first decline since the second quarter of 2011. The decrease was mainly driven by goods-producing firms.

  • TOKYO, June 5- Japan's economy was expected to expand faster pace than initially projected in the first quarter, helped by a pickup in capital spending, a Reuters poll showed, suggesting firms' business investment supports gradual economic recovery. Data due next week is also seen as likely to show Japan's core machinery orders slipped in April, but analysts see...

  • ST-PETERSBURG- CZECH NATIONAL BANK GOVERNOR SAYS RECENT STRONG GDP DATA BROADLY IN LINE WITH EXPECTATIONS.

  • Why Australia's GDP is 'dangerous' for stocks Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 8:17 PM ET
    Why Australia's GDP is 'dangerous' for stocks

    Apart from keeping the central bank on hold, the surprisingly upbeat first-quarter GDP print will do little to boost domestic consumption, says David Solusky, head of investment strategy at UBS Wealth Management Australia.

  • SEOUL, June 4- South Korea's economy grew a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent in the first quarter over the previous three months, revised central bank data showed on Thursday, the same as an earlier estimate.

  • ECB lifts inflation forecast, keeps GDP outlook steady Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 8:46 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, June 3- The European Central Bank raised its 2015 inflation forecast on Wednesday, arguing that its 60 billion euro per month asset-buying program is bearing fruit. It kept its economic growth projections steady. The ECB predicted that inflation would average 0.3 percent this year, above its March forecast for unchanged prices, reflecting a rebound...