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A measure of Australian consumer confidence pulled back in December as households fretted on the outlook for the economy and finances.
Millions of Chinese shoppers are turning to the web, fueling a booming $64 billion e-commerce market, as a local player gets set to overtake Amazon as the world's biggest online retailer by 2016.
China has overtaken the United States to become the world's biggest processor of patent applications, giving an innovative edge to Beijing's economic and industrial clout.
If Park Geun-hye wins South Korea's presidential election this month, she will become the first woman to hold the country's top office, challenging stereotypes in a nation that is largely run by men in blue suits.
Japan's Suntory Holdings plans to raise up to $6 billion in an initial public offering of its food and non-alcoholic beverage unit.
Japan's core machinery orders rose 2.6 percent in October from the previous month, up for the first time in three months, but uncertainty over the global outlook will likely continue to weigh on business investment and the broader economy.
BHP agreed to sell its stake in the Browse liquefied natural gas project to Chinese oil and gas producer PetroChina for $1.63 billion, the second partner to leave the project in recent months.
For China, the economic slowdown has led to a search for growth opportunities. The country's growth in the future depends on raising productivity. Urbanization, if structured efficiently, could help in that regard.
Polls show the election is likely to return to power the long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party, which has promised to boost public works and talks of spending 200 trillion yen on projects over the next decade.
If China's GDP continues growing at its current pace, the republic will become the lead economic power within the next 20 years.
Australia's economy may be one of the most resilient in the developed world, having expanded over 3 percent in the third quarter even as the mining boom loses steam, but analysts say the government's vow to return the budget to surplus may knock the wind out of its economy.
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An extremely rare bottle of Glenfiddich single malt scotch may fetch as much as $100,000.
Why is Wednesday's meeting in Vienna going to be a potentially moody affair? Is the apparent lack of downside risk in the oil price disguising longer term economic and political problems ahead? .
New regulations in Mongolia could stifle a deal to develop the Oyu Tolgoi mine, the world’s biggest new source of copper, and hurt the country’s broader economy.
Asian stocks have had a solid run this year, with the MSCI Asia Ex-Japan Index rallying 17 percent since the start of 2012, and Standard Chartered Bank says expect another 10 percent upside in the new year.
China's banks lent more slowly than markets expected in November while the pace of total financing eased, but analysts said the economy remains on track for a modest recovery.
In China, angry passengers are resorting to extreme measures to protest delays as the country's restricted air corridors are becoming clogged with millions of new fliers each year.
Benchmark oil prices will continue to remain in a tight range this week as the continued lack of progress on averting the U.S. "fiscal cliff" and a political crisis in Italy offset positive sentiment from data showing an improvement in China's economy.
The strongest support level is near 74.5. This suggests a fall below 79 will find temporary support near 77 and long term support near 74.5.
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The mainland's number 5 carmaker BAIC saw a tepid debut on the Hong Kong markets on Friday. CNBC's Emily Tan reports.
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