The Japanese spent more than they saved in the year ended March 2014, the first time that's happened since the data set began in 1955.
When it comes to work, Singaporeans think global, picking heavyweight multinational companies as their top choices, a poll found.
India's long-held position as the world's top diamond polisher is being challenged by soaring output from China.
Samsung is planning a new product launch next year based on its own operating system as it tries to free itself from Android.
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For many foreign firms in China, the business environment isn't what it used to be. Apart from a slowing economy, there is also a perception that international companies are being targeted by the country's regulators.
One of Chinese President Xi's priorities has been to rebuild public trust in the Chinese government and the Communist Party by purging them of corrupt practices. Has he succeeded?
In this episode of "Inside China", CNBC's Eunice Yoon takes a look at the issues that will shape China in the coming year.