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  • NAGOYA, Japan— At a tightly guarded factory in central Japan, Mitsubishi, a maker of the Zero fighter planes of World War II, is launching its MRJ regional jet and aiming to fulfill Japan's long-cherished ambitions to regain status as a major aviation power. Nobuo Kishi, a vice president of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., said the latest delay could speed things along...

  • *Japan's companies, wary of weak demand, are spending less. KUSATSU, Japan, April 5- Hirotoshi Ogura, a self-described "factory geek", is Daikin Industries' master of doing more with less- and part of the reason Japan's recovery remains stuck in the slow lane. As Japan heads into the season of peak demand for room air-conditioners, Ogura and other Daikin managers have...

  • *Europe's manufacturing center shifts to Germany and hinterland. *UK, France, Spain and Italy seen losing industrial capacity. BRUSSELS, March 15- Once depicted as a "Blue Banana" stretching from Manchester to Milan, Europe's industrial heartland has moved eastwards just as its political center of gravity has shifted to Germany.

  • TOKYO, March 11- Japanese share prices shook off a dismal performance on Wall Street the previous day to post gains on Wednesday, helped by buying of construction firms and other shares on hopes of recovery in the domestic economy. Machinery manufacturers were also helped after Japan's machinery orders were slightly above market expectations while some...

  • TOKYO, March 11- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Wednesday, with better-than-expected machinery orders offsetting the downdraft from weaker U.S. markets, which fell on growing views that the Federal Reserve may raise rates as soon as June. "The market started to worry about side effects from a further slide in the yen," said Hiroichi Nishi, general manager at...

  • *Jan machinery orders -1.7 pct vs f'cast -4.1 pct. TOKYO, March 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 1.7 percent in January from the previous month, underscoring the challenges facing the government as it attempts to nudge firms into boosting spending on wages and equipment with its aggressive stimulus policies. "Capital spending is recovering, although at a...

  • *Jan machinery orders -1.7 pct vs f'cast -4.1 pct. TOKYO, March 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 1.7 percent in January, suggesting that companies remain reluctant to increase capital expenditure given the uncertain economic outlook. The data underscores the challenges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Bank of Japan face as they attempt to nudge firms...

  • Japan Jan core machinery orders down 1.7 pct m/m Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 7:55 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 1.7 percent in January from the previous month, government data showed on Wednesday, suggesting companies are reluctant to increase capital expenditure given the murky economic outlook. The result compared with a median market forecast for a 4.1 percent decline and followed an 8.3 percent rise in December,...

  • *Dec core machinery orders +8.3 pct vs f'cast +2.4 pct. TOKYO, Feb 12- Japan's core machinery orders rose in December at the fastest pace in six months, and companies expect orders to increase in the current quarter in an positive sign that business investment will underpin a firm recovery for the recession-hit economy. "Corporate earnings have been good recently,...

  • Japan Dec core machinery orders rise 8.3 pct mth/mth Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 6:56 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 12- Japan's core machinery orders rose 8.3 percent in December and companies expect orders to pick up in January-March, government data showed on Thursday, in an encouraging sign that capital expenditure will help the economy. The month-on-month rise in core orders, which exclude those of ships and electric power utilities, compared with a 2.4...

  • Oil and gas producers accounted for almost $1 in every $8 of new business investment in the U.S. economy in 2013, according to new data published by the Census Bureau. Businesses engaged in oil and gas extraction invested $159 billion in wells, structures and equipment in 2013, according to the Annual Capital Expenditures Survey, the latest edition of which was...

  • *GDP due at 2350 GMT Feb. 15, machinery orders due on Feb. 11. TOKYO, Feb 6- Japan's economy was expected to rebound in the final quarter of last year from two consecutive contractions as private consumption overcame a sales tax shock and exports bounced back, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. "The pace of recovery in consumer spending picked up and exports expanded, so...

  • Taylor Swift: Now she’ll 'never go out of style' Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
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    Taylor Swift Inc. takes a new turn this week, and instead of hacking, she's now putting copyright on her favorite phrases.

  • By Yantoultra Ngui and Fransiska Nangoy KUALA LUMPUR/ JAKARTA, Jan 29- Indonesia narrowed the gap in car output with Thailand, Southeast Asia's automaking hub, to its smallest ever last year in percentage terms and is expected to overtake the Thai industry within a decade. Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, has already surpassed Thailand as the...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- Dr Copper is back in the headlines. This week's dramatic collapse in global copper prices has generated all sorts of dire warnings about what Dr Copper is telling us about the global economy. After all, he's called Dr Copper for a reason, right?

  • TOKYO, Jan 15- Japan's core machinery orders rose less than expected in November, suggesting companies are still cautious about capital expenditure with renewed worries about global growth adding to doubts over how quickly the economy can recover from recession. Japan's policymakers have said consumer spending, corporate profits, capital expenditure and...

  • TOKYO, Jan 15- Japan's core machinery orders rose less than expected in November due to declining orders in the manufacturing sector, suggesting companies are still cautious about capital expenditure due to worries about domestic demand. Lackluster business investment suggests that the economic recovery will be weak after an increase in the sales tax last...

  • Japan Nov core machinery orders rise 1.3 pct mth/mth Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 6:55 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 15- Japan's core machinery orders rose a smaller-than-expected 1.3 percent in November from the previous month, government data showed on Thursday, suggesting capital expenditure among manufacturers could weaken. The rise in core orders, which exclude those of ships and electric power utilities, compared with a 5.0 percent rise forecast by...

  • *Current account due at 8:50 a.m. on Jan. 13. *Machinery orders, wholesale prices due at 8:50 a.m. on Jan. 15. TOKYO, Jan 9- Japan's leading indicator of capital expenditure probably rebounded in November, a Reuters poll showed, as strong corporate earnings on the back of a weak yen encouraged more firms to spend.

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 6.4 percent in October from the prior month, down for the first time in five months, government data showed on Thursday, suggesting that a pick-up in capital spending may be levelling off. The fall in core orders, which exclude those of ships and electric power utilities, compared with a 2.4 percent fall forecast by...