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  • The good and bad of Japan's tax hike delay     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    Junko Nishioka, Chief Japan Economist at RBS, says a delayed sales tax hike will boost GDP by 0.5 percent in the near term, but warns of negative market implications in the long run.

  • TOKYO, Nov 19- The Bank of Japan kept monetary settings and its upbeat economic view unchanged on Wednesday in the wake of data showing the economy has slipped into recession, preferring to spend more time to gauge the effect of its surprise easing last month. "Japan's economy continues to recover moderately as a trend, although some weaknesses remain mainly in...

  • Can Japan's grim GDP work to Abe's advantage?     Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    Mikio Kumada, Executive Director and Global Strategist at LGT Capital Partners, explains why the country's recent weak GDP is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political agenda.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- U.S. "Treasuries have been strong all year and we did see some buying after Japan's GDP data," said Aaron Kohli, interest rate strategist at BNP Paribas in New York. U.S. industrial production for October was weaker than expected, falling 0.1 percent, but the report was decent compared with Japan's gross domestic product data, which fell unexpectedly...

  • FOREX-Yen steadies against dollar after GDP shock Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 17- The Japanese yen steadied against the U.S. dollar on Monday, coming off seven-year lows after Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter. Japan's economic shock sets the stage for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay an unpopular sales tax hike and call a snap election two years before he has to go to the polls.

  • FOREX-Yen holds ground after shock Japan GDP slide Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:04 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 17- The yen recovered from seven-year lows against the dollar on Monday but remained under pressure having sunk across the board after shock data showed Japan's economy slipping back into recession. London investors sold the yen for the dollar in the first hour of trading, but it was still up 0.1 percent on the day against both the dollar and the euro.

  • Japan GDP: 'Give growth a chance'     Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Chris Scicluna, head of economic research at Daiwa Capital Markets says we shouldn't "jump to too many conclusions" with Japan's recent GDP data, and he's expecting to see "positive growth" in the next two quarters.

  • European shares fall as Japan slips into recession Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 17- European shares dropped in early trading on Monday, hit by worries over the pace of global growth after data showed Japan, the world's third-largest economy, slipped into recession. At 0805 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.7 percent at 1,335.76 points, a level not seen since Nov. 5. Japan's gross domestic product fell at...

  • CNBC's Kaori Enjoji reports on whether third quarter Japanese GDP figures which pushed the country into a technical recession, will be the catalyst for snap elections.

  • Luca Silipo, Chief Economist at Natixis, explains why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policies won't be the remedy to Japan's economic woes.

  • *Army seized power on May 22 in bid to end unrest, lift growth. BANGKOK, Nov 17- Thailand's economy grew much less than expected in the July-September quarter as exports and tourism contracted, forcing the authorities to again cut the country's growth forecast for 2014.. Southeast Asia's second-largest economy grew 1.1 percent in the third quarter from the prior...

  • *Army seized power on May 22 in bid to end unrest, lift growth. BANGKOK, Nov 17- Thailand's economy grew much less than expected in the July-September quarter as exports contracted, forcing the authorities to again cut the country's growth forecast for the year. The army seized power on May 22 in a bid to end the crisis and kick-start the sputtering economy, but...

  • BANGKOK, Nov 17- Thailand's planning agency on Monday trimmed its economic growth forecast for this year to 1.0 percent from 1.5-2.0 percent seen in August, citing weak exports. The National Economic and Social Development Board, which compiles gross domestic product data, also cut its 2014 export growth projection to zero from 2.0 percent seen earlier.

  • 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".