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  • Japan Machinery Orders Clock Fastest Rise in 2 Years Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 9:28 PM ET

    Japan's machinery orders rose in February at the fastest pace since mid-2011 in a sign that capital expenditure could pick up this year as business confidence is boosted.

  • Kimono Sales Are Up, Thanks to 'Abenomics' Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 7:45 PM ET

    There are signs that wealthier Japanese shoppers are spending more, thanks to 'Abenomics' which has lifted Japanese share markets by nearly 50 percent. Sales of high-end goods and clothes, including kimonos, are on the rise.

  • Yum's China Sales Fall Sharply Amid Bird-Flu Scare Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 5:42 PM ET

    KFC parent Yum Brands reported sales fell 13% in March at restaurants in China amid a new bird-flu scare.

  • 'Absurd' Chinese Trade Data Confound Analysts Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 4:09 AM ET

    China saw export growth of 10 percent year on year in March while exports to the U.S. and Europe, its two biggest markets, continued to slump, which is making analysts question the reliability of the data.

  • Beijing's Austerity Drive Not a Worry: Sands China CEO Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 3:58 AM ET

    Chinese President Xi Jinping's austerity drive hasn't put a dampener on business at Sands China, said Edward Tracy, president and CEO of Macau's largest operator of casinos and resorts.

  • Here's the Real Danger With North Korea Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 1:30 AM ET
    A South Korean soldier stands at a military check point connecting South and North Korea at the Unification Bridge in Paju, South Korea.

    Repeated threats of aggression from North Korea have created little panic in markets, but some experts warn that a big risk could be Pyongyang not knowing it's crossed the line.

  • High-rollers get lavish treatment and hefty credit lines at Singapore's two casinos, like any other gaming house in the world. But here, more of them skip town without paying their debt, a matter of increasing concern.

  • Consumer Mood in Australia Remains Brittle Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 8:52 PM ET

    A measure of Australian consumer confidence fell in April to end three months of solid gains, a reminder of how brittle the mood can be.

  • Fitch Downgrades China's Currency Credit Rating Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 7:29 PM ET

    The global ratings agency cut China's long-term local currency credit rating to A-plus from AA-minus on Tuesday with a stable outlook, citing financial risks from rapid credit expansion alongside the rise of shadow banking activity.

  • China Makes Energy Push Into Mexico and Canada Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 3:53 PM ET
    Oil storage tanks in Mexico.

    While China's interest in Canadian energy assets has been relatively well documented, at least in the Canadian press, Beijing is also courting Mexico, and receiving a warm welcome.

  • North Korea Warns Foreigners to Leave South Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 7:04 AM ET
    South Korean marines man K-55 self-propelled howitzers at a military training field in the border city of Paju on April 3, 2013.

    North Korea on Tuesday warned foreigners to evacuate South Korea to avoid being dragged into a "merciless, sacred, retaliatory war."

  • China 'Princeling' Eyes $500 Million Buyout Fund Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 2:48 AM ET
    China's newly-elected President Xi Jinping (R) talks with former President Hu Jintao (L) during the fourth plenary meeting of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

    Nepoch Capital, a new private equity firm founded by the son of a former member of China's politburo, has launched the first 'princeling' fundraising since the new government took power vowing to clamp down on cronyism and nepotism.

  • China Inflation Data Show 'Recovery Not Secured' Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 1:50 AM ET

    Easing inflation in China, which slowed at a faster-than-expected rate in March, is raising doubts over the health of the recovery in the world's second largest economy.

  • Japan’s Yield Hunters Are Chasing European Debt Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 1:25 AM ET
    A trader monitors the foreign exchange and stocks index in Tokyo.

    Japanese investment in Europe's bond markets are expected to jump following the Bank of Japan's drastic action to ease monetary policy, the FT reports.

  • Bird Flu Afflicts China's Top Producer of Animal Feed Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 12:34 AM ET

    New Hope Group, China's largest producer of animal feed, said its business has been hit by the bird flu outbreak as poultry consumption has declined in the country.

  • North Korea Pulls Workers From Kaesong Complex Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 11:31 PM ET
    Kim Jong-Il (C), accompanied by senior officials of the Workers' Party of Korea and Korean People's Army officials

    North Korean laborers did not show up for work on Tuesday at a factory complex operated with South Korea, effectively shutting down the zone for the first time since it began shipments in 2004.

  • A Backroom Battle Delays China's One-Child Reforms Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 11:26 PM ET

    Two retired senior Chinese officials are engaged in a battle with one another to sway Beijing's new leadership over the future of the one-child policy, exposing divisions that have impeded progress in a crucial area of reform.

  • Sundance Ends Deal With Hanlong, Shares Plunge Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 8:40 PM ET
    Iron ore mine in Africa

    Shares in Australia's Sundance Resources plunged 53 percent to a four-year low after the Africa-focused miner terminated a $1.4 billion takeover by private Chinese firm Hanlong Group.

  • United States, Japan Now Money Printing Allies Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 2:45 PM ET

    U.S. markets, particularly the riskiest areas of investment, are likely to benefit at least near term from the latest entrant to the central bank money-printing arena: Japan.

  • Bird Flu Fears: New Headwind for China Stocks? Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 2:28 AM ET

    Fears over a bird flu outbreak in China sent markets tumbling to multi-month lows on Monday, casting doubt over whether 2013 could still be the breakout year for Chinese equities.

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