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  • The head of the International Air Transport Association told an audience of airline chiefs and regulators in Singapore that industry profitability remained fragile despite a record $36 billion in airline industry profits forecast for 2016.. A year ago, as Brent hovered around $53 a barrel, UK Finance Minister George Osborne tweeted: "Vital this is passed on...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 15- Gold dropped 1 percent on Monday, falling for a second straight session after hitting its highest in a year last week, dragged down by a rebound in stock markets and selling from China after the Lunar New Year holiday. Spot gold fell to a session low of $1,221.40, before paring some losses to trade down 1 percent at $1,223.79 by 0311 GMT.

  • BANGKOK, Feb 15- Thailand's economy slightly less than expected in October-December and the outlook remains weak with exports still sluggish, putting pressure on the government to spend faster to boost domestic activity. Southeast Asia's second-largest economy grew 0.8 percent in the final quarter of 2015 from July-September on a seasonally-adjusted...

  • BEIJING, Feb 15- China's iron ore imports rose 4.6 percent in January from the same time last year to 82.19 million tonnes, as domestic steel mills replenished inventories with cheap overseas supplies, customs data showed on Monday. Iron ore for immediate delivery to China's Tianjin port fell more than 3 percent in January, after prices tumbled 40 percent in...

  • BEIJING, Feb 15- China's exports fell 11.2 percent in January from a year earlier and imports tumbled 18.8 percent, both far worse than expected, putting pressure on policymakers to take further action to put a floor under the slowing economy. China posted a better-than-expected trade surplus of $63.3 billion in January, data released by the General...

  • BEIJING, Feb 15- China's January exports missed analyst expectations, falling 11.2 pct from a year earlier, while imports fell by 18.8 percent, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Monday. That left the country with a trade surplus of $63.30 billion for the month, Customs said. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected exports to fall by 1.9...

  • TOKYO, Feb 15- Brent and U.S. crude futures edged down on Monday as a strong dollar weighed on prices, paring gains from a more than 10- percent jump late last week that came amid renewed talk that OPEC might finally agree to cut output to reduce a world glut. It jumped $3.30 on Friday after the United Arab Emirates' energy minister was quoted as saying that OPEC members...

  • CORRECTED- CHINA JAN DOLLAR-DENOMINATED IMPORTS -18.8 PCT Y/Y.

  • CORRECTED- CHINA JAN DOLLAR-DENOMINATED EXPORTS -11.2 PCT Y/Y.

  • RPT-CHINA JAN TRADE BALANCE $63.3 BLN (REUTERS POLL $58.85 BLN).

  • CORRECTED- CHINA JAN DOLLAR-DENOMINATED EXPORTS -11.2 PCT Y/Y.

  • CORRECTED- CHINA JAN DOLLAR-DENOMINATED IMPORTS -18.8 PCT Y/Y.

  • BEIJING, Feb 15- China believes downward pressure on its exports will ease starting in the second quarter of this year, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday.

  • BEIJING, Feb 15- China imported 82.19 million tonnes of iron ore in January, up 4.6 percent from the same period of last year, customs data showed on Monday. Crude oil imports fell 4.6 percent on the year to 26.69 million tonnes, while coal imports fell to 15.32 million tonnes, down 9.2 percent compared to the same period of last year. Copper imports rose 5.3 percent...

  • *China shares slip on return from long Lunar holidays. SYDNEY, Feb 15- Asian shares bounced to snap a five-session losing streak on Monday as a strong fix for China's yuan eased devaluation concerns and Shanghai stocks returned from the Lunar New Year holidays with only modest losses. Still, rallies in European bank stocks and on Wall Street on Friday helped...

  • TAIPEI, Feb 15- Taiwan stocks slipped on Monday in their first trading session after the long Lunar New Year holidays, tracking gains in some regional bourses, with TSMC leading heavyweights higher. Taiwan markets were closed Feb. 4-12 for the New Year holidays. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.315 to T $33.205 per U.S. dollar.

  • TOKYO, Feb 15- Japan's economy shrank more than expected in the final quarter of last year as consumer spending and exports slumped, adding to headaches for policymakers already wary of damage the financial market rout could inflict on a fragile recovery. The data underscores the challenges premier Shinzo Abe faces in dragging the world's third-largest...

  • BEIJING, Feb 15- China's exports, denominated in yuan, fell 6.6 percent in January from a year earlier, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Monday. China's yuan-denominated imports dipped 14.4 percent in January from the same month last year, the data showed. That produced a monthly trade surplus of 406.2 billion yuan, the customs data showed.

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 15- China's revenue from tourism during the Lunar New Year festival rose 16.3 percent this year on 2015, the country's China's ational Tourism Administration said. Revenue over the week-long holiday that ended on the weekend was 365.1 billion yuan, the administration said in a statement late on Sunday. Retail sales rose 11.2 percent over the...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 15- China's yuan opened trade at 6.5300 per dollar on Monday, strengthening 0.7 percent from its previous close of 6.5755 before the long Chinese Lunar New year holiday, partly buoyed by a stronger central bank midpoint, traders said. The People's Bank of China set its midpoint 0.3 percent stronger prior to the market open, the official fixing's...