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*Some wariness about tensions in Ukraine. LONDON, April 15- The dollar climbed against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, staying on firm footing after U.S. retail sales data the previous day signalled a brighter outlook for the U.S. economy.
*Retail sales jump 1.1 percent in March. WASHINGTON, April 14- U.S. retail sales recorded their largest gain in 1-1/ 2 years in March, in the latest sign the economy was emerging from its weather-induced slumber and on track to accelerate in the second quarter.
WTO SAYS MAIN VARIABLE IN WORLD TRADE FORECASTS IS SPEED OF EU ECONOMIC RECOVERY.
WASHINGTON— The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine. Rich countries have been helping power the recovery led by the United States and Britain, and the eurozone and Japan are doing better.
*Poloz says watching deflation risk but encouraged by improving outlook. WASHINGTON, April 11- Policymakers are closely watching the risk of deflation in several advanced economies but they are encouraged by signs of a continuing improvements in the economic outlook, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said on Friday.
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*OPEC cautious on economy, sees lower demand for its oil. SINGAPORE, April 11- Brent futures eased towards $107 a barrel on Friday as the global supply outlook improved with more Libyan supplies expected to reach the market, although growing tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine put a floor under prices.
Carl Icahn of Icahn Enterprises provides perspective on the "loved market" right now, and why investors should remain cautious. "A lot of the earnings are sort of artificial," he says.
WASHINGTON, April 10- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in almost seven years, which could bolster views of an acceleration in job growth after a cold winter dampened hiring.
BERLIN— The introduction of Germany's first-ever national minimum wage will only have a modest negative impact on growth, according to a group of four leading economic think tanks in the country. Next year will see the introduction of Germany's first mandatory national minimum wage, set at 8.50 euros per hour.
TOKYO, April 10- Japan's economy took another knock as a gauge of business investment weakened, but the Bank of Japan remained unperturbed and is expected to release optimistic inflation projections as a swing voter on its board turned more confident about the growth outlook.
*Alcoa's results boost sentiment, shares rise 3.5 percent. U.S. stocks rose for a second session, buoyed after Alcoa late Tuesday reported quarterly results that topped analysts' expectations, even though the company's adjusted profit fell due to declining aluminum prices.
BERLIN, April 9- German exports fell more than expected in February while imports rose, narrowing the trade surplus in Europe's largest economy, data showed on Wednesday. Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed seasonally-adjusted exports down 1.3 percent on the month and imports up 0.4 percent.
WASHINGTON, April 8- The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday predicted the global recovery would strengthen this year and next as output in richer nations picked up, but it warned of rising risks in emerging economies.
*Net capital ouflow seen at $100 billion in 2014. MOSCOW, April 8- Russia's Economy Ministry more than halved its official economic growth forecast for 2014 on Tuesday, underscoring the negative impact of international tensions over Ukraine on Russia's already struggling economy.
IMF CUTS RUSSIA'S 2014 GDP GROWTH FORECAST TO 1.3 PCT FROM 2 PCT, SEES DOWNSIDE RISK FOLLOWING RUSSIA'S TAKEOVER OF CRIMEA.
MOSCOW, April 8- The International Monetary Fund cut its 2014 economic growth forecast for Russia by two-thirds on Tuesday and warned that downside risks remain on geopolitical uncertainties after Moscow's takeover of Crimea.
WASHINGTON, April 8- The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday predicted the global recovery would strengthen this year as output in richer nations picked up, but it warned of rising risks in emerging economies.
They released their letter as the Senate voted 59-38 for the bill. The outlook remains cloudy, though, for legislation that took three months to move through the Senate. Jack Reed, D- R.I., and Dean Heller, R- Nev., the bill's leading supporters, said they were willing to consider changes in hopes of securing passage in a highly reluctant House.