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  • TOKYO, Oct 9- Japan's leading gauge of capital spending rose for a third straight month in August, in a tentative sign firms are investing their profits in plants and equipment that could bolster growth in the world's third-largest economy. But analysts say the 4.7 percent gain in core machinery orders is not enough to dispel concerns the economy is losing...

  • TOKYO, Oct 9- Japan's leading gauge of capital spending rose for a third straight month in August, in a sign firms are investing their profits in plants and equipment that could bolster growth in the world's third-largest economy. The 4.7 percent monthly gain in core machinery orders in August will help ease concerns the economy is losing traction even as the...

  • Japan Aug core machinery orders rise 4.7 pct mth/mth Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 7:54 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 9- Japan's core machinery orders rose 4.7 percent in August from the prior month, government data showed on Thursday, up for a third consecutive month in a sign of a moderate pick-up in capital spending. The rise in core orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine months, was much faster than a...

  • *Nanoco shares rise more than 27 pct. Sept 24- Nanoco Group Plc said commercial production of quantum dots, used to make vibrant screen displays, is expected to begin in the first half of next year at a plant in South Korea being built by its partner, Dow Chemical Co..

  • TOKYO, Sept 10- Japan's core machinery orders rose for a second straight month in July, but analysts said the data failed to dispel some doubts about the strength of business investment that is needed to propel Japan out of the slump caused by April's sales tax hike.

  • TOKYO, Sept 10- Japan's core machinery orders rose for a second straight month in July, a tentative sign of a pickup in business investment that is needed to propel Japan out of the slump caused by April's sales tax hike.

  • TOKYO, Sept 10- Japan's core machinery orders rose 3.5 percent in July, government data showed on Wednesday, marking the second straight month-on-month gain in a sign of a gradual pick-up in capital spending.

  • Europe's top industrials target Goldilocks zone Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM, Sept 7- "Good enough" might not make for a marketing slogan, but some of Europe's top engineering companies, which have made their reputation on the quality of their products, are hoping it will make for a profitable strategy.

  • *China foreign direct investment falls. LONDON, Aug 18- London copper edged higher on Monday as some investors regarded recent losses as overdone, but gains were capped after new home prices in top metal consumer China fell in July for the third month in a row. Investors are still jittery about developments in China, however.

  • *China foreign direct investment falls. LONDON, Aug 18- London copper edged higher on Monday as some investors regarded recent losses as overdone, but gains were capped after new home prices in top metal consumer China fell in July for the third month in a row. Investors are still jittery about developments in China, however.

  • *China new home prices fall for third month in a row. *China foreign direct investment also falls. LONDON, Aug 18- London copper steadied on Monday, but remained under pressure near two-month lows after new home prices in top metal consumer China fell in July for the third month in a row.

  • *June core orders +8.8 pct m/m vs +15.3 pct forecast. TOKYO, Aug 14- Japan's core machinery orders tumbled in April-June at their fastest since the last global financial crisis and only a modest rebound is seen in the current quarter- further challenging policymakers contending with a fragile economy.

  • TOKYO, Aug 14- Japan's core machinery orders rose for the first time in three months in June after a record plunge in May, but weak exports and industrial production cloud the outlook for the capital spending needed to sustain economic growth.

  • Japan June core machinery orders up 8.8 pct mth/mth Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 14- Japan's core machinery orders rose 8.8 percent in June, up for the first time in three months after a record plunge in the prior month, Cabinet Office data showed on Thursday.

  • METALS-Copper edges down ahead of China factory gauge Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 8:57 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Aug 1- London copper eased on Friday after a rout on Wall Street over Argentinian default soured risk appetite and ahead of a deluge of economic indicators out later in the session, including an assessment of activity in China's vast manufacturing sector.

  • METALS-Copper steadies with China growth in focus Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 6:01 AM ET

    *China Q2 gross domestic product due on Wednesday. LONDON, July 15- Copper prices steadied on Tuesday, boosted by optimism about demand for industrial metals from top consumer China and shrinking supplies, but further gains were capped by selling pressure as traders cashed-in on recent gains.

  • *May core orders -19.5 pct m/m vs +0.7 pct forecast. TOKYO, July 10- Japan's machinery orders tumbled by a record margin in May, dashing hopes for a bounce and casting doubt over a scenario of investment-led recovery in the world's third-largest economy.

  • TOKYO, July 10- Japan's machinery orders posted their worst monthly fall on record in May, defying expectations of a bounce and casting doubt on hopes that capital spending was picking up and could drive further economic recovery.

  • TOKYO, July 10- Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly fell 19.5 percent in May from the previous month, government data showed on Thursday, casting doubt over the outlook for a pickup in capital spending.

  • JOHANNESBURG, July 1- More than 220,000 South African engineering and metal workers launched a strike over wages on Tuesday, hot on the heels of a crippling platinum dispute and dealing a further blow to an already weak economy.