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  • Chinese Shell Out Big Bucks for Imported Baby Goods Sunday, 7 Jul 2013 | 10:11 PM ET

    Chinese authorities are investigating a possible price-fixing for infant formula milk, as consumers pay premiums for imported products on fears that local ones may be contaminated.

  • A Busy Week for Asia’s Central Banks Sunday, 7 Jul 2013 | 9:32 PM ET

    It’s the turn of Asia’s central banks to take center stage this week after central banks in Europe hogged the market spotlight last week.

  • Japanese Bank Lending Hits Four-Year Highs Sunday, 7 Jul 2013 | 9:00 PM ET

    Japanese bank lending marked its biggest annual increase in June, suggesting the BOJ's monetary stimulus and economic prospects are spurring fund demand for fresh investment.

  • Japan's Softbank Clears Final Hurdle to Buy Sprint Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 6:01 PM ET

    Japan's Softbank received the final approval it needed from U.S. regulators for its $21.6 billion bid to take control of No. 3 US wireless provider Sprint Nextel.

  • Smartphone 'Saturation' Fears for Apple, Samsung Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 7:07 AM ET
    Visitors look at new Samsung devices during the first day of the Mobile World Congress 2013.

    Depressing numbers from Samsung and HTC on Friday flagged concerns that the market for smartphone makers, including Apple, could be reaching saturation.

  • Funds Out of Asia? We See Capital Coming In: ADB Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 2:28 AM ET

    Concerns abound over fund outflows from Asia’s emerging markets on the prospect of Fed QE tapering, but the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says it is seeing capital inflows.

  • What Happened to Unstoppable Samsung? Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 1:39 AM ET
    Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone

    Shares of South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung fell almost 4 percent on Friday as the company's second quarter earnings estimate did not meet analysts' expectations.

  • The Central Bank That Likes YouTube Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 12:42 AM ET
    Bank of Korea headquarters in Seoul

    The Bank of Korea (BOK) said Thursday it has opened a social media site on YouTube, marking the first time the central bank has joined a social network service (SNS).

  • Fed Tapering Won't Push 'Asia Off a Cliff' Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | 11:03 PM ET

    The possibility of the U.S. tapering QE has resulted in big fund flows out of Asia, but the CEO of Southeast Asia's biggest lender, DBS, says its impact on the region is overstated.

  • Peter Chan Chun-chuen Appears In Court on July 4

    A Hong Kong jury found the lover of the late billionaire tycoon Nina Wang guilty on Thursday of forging a will naming him the sole beneficiary of her estate.

  • Samsung Estimates Record Profit, Misses Forecast Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | 8:38 PM ET

    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd missed quarterly earnings forecasts on Friday as it reported a 47 percent rise in April-June operating profit.

  • Singapore Could Be World's Top Finance Hub by 2015 Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | 8:04 PM ET

    Singapore to top Switzerland as the world's finance hub by 2015, as a global tax crackdown and tighter regulation weaken the Alpine nation's appeal to investors.

  • High Oil Prices: Not What Asia Needs Right Now Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | 7:19 PM ET

    Rising oil prices could hurt Asian economies already grappling with a slowing Chinese economy, weak export growth and foreign fund outflows.

  • Singapore Wealth Fund Size Soars to Record High Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | 5:35 AM ET
    Singapore's business district skyline at dusk

    Singapore's Temasek Holdings says the size of its portfolio soared to a record high in the financial year ending March 2013.

  • Hong Kong Rents Push Out Mom and Pop Stores Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 10:43 PM ET

    Soaring rents have forced small businesses in Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong's shopping districts, to move or close in the last few months. The New York Times reports.

  • Solution to Australia's Growth? Well, More Australians Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 8:35 PM ET

    For a modern developed nation, Australia is taking a less-traveled path to prosperity. It wants more Australians.

  • China Banks May Need ‘Tape’ to Hold Together Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 7:46 PM ET

    Sticky tape may be what's needed to hold Chinese banks together in an environment of slower economic growth and tight liquidity conditions, says one banking analyst.

  • Toyota to Recall 185,000 Cars Globally, Including Yaris Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 7:16 AM ET

    The world's best-selling car maker, Toyota Motor Corp, said it was recalling around 185,000 vehicles globally, including the Yaris compact, owing to a glitch in the electric power steering system.

  • Olympus Bosses Avoid Jail Time for $1.7 Billion Fraud Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 6:07 AM ET
    President Tsuyoshi Kikukawa admitted guilt Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 in the cover-up scandal. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

    The executives involved in the scandal surrounding Japanese camera maker Olympus have been given suspended sentences for their role in the accounting fraud.

  • Pros Look East for Gold Rebound Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    India has long been vital to keeping gold prices stable. But will it bail out the market again?

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