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  • TOKYO, July 8- Japan's machinery orders were expected to rebound only modestly in May, a Reuters poll found, as a strong yen and weak overseas demand clouded the outlook for capital investment. "Firms' capital spending is expected to stay solid over the medium term due to the need to upgrade ageing facilities, special demand from the Tokyo Olympics, and inbound...

  • *Decline due to Kumamoto quakes, China slowdown. TOKYO, June 9- Japan's core machinery orders tumbled in April by the most in two years, partly due to earthquakes in a southern manufacturing hub but raising the risk that business investment will remain weak for most of the year. "This is a result of the Kumamoto earthquakes, but China's economic slowdown is also...

  • *Orders fall due to Kumamoto quakes. TOKYO, June 9- Japan's core machinery orders tumbled in April partly due to earthquakes in the southern manufacturing hub of Kumamoto, but economists worry this is a sign that business investment will remain weak for most of this year. "This is a result of the Kumamoto earthquakes, but China's economic slowdown is also having a...

  • TOKYO, June 9- Japan's core machinery orders tumbled 11.0 percent in April from the previous month, Cabinet Office data showed on Thursday, in a sign that business investment is contracting. That was more than the median estimate of a 3.8 percent decline in a Reuters poll of economists. In March, core orders rose 5.5 percent.

  • *GDP due 2350 GMT on June 7, machinery orders on June 8. TOKYO, June 3- Japan's economy was expected to grow faster than initially estimated in the first quarter as capital spending fell less than expected, a Reuters poll found, but even a GDP revision is unlikely to change the impression of a lethargic economy. "An appreciation of the yen could rein in manufacturers'...

  • BERLIN, June 2- As Beijing moves in to buy up firms from Germany's famed "Mittlestand" of mid-sized manufacturers, politicians are nervous that Chinese owners may take their vaunted technology and move jobs abroad. When Putzmeister, a 58- year-old maker of pumps for concrete, was bought by its Chinese competitor Sany for 360 million euros in 2012, its workers...

  • *March core orders +5.5 pct vs forecast +0.5 pct. TOKYO, May 19- Japan's core machinery orders rose more than expected in March but companies expect orders to decline in the current quarter as firms become increasingly cautious due to a rising yen and weakness in overseas economies. "Capital expenditure has entered a period of stagnation," said Hiroaki Muto,...

  • TOKYO, May 19- Japan's core machinery orders rose 5.5 percent in March from the previous month, Cabinet Office data showed on Thursday, but companies forecast a decline in investment in April-June, suggesting some are cautious about the business outlook. The increase in March was more than a median estimate for a rise of 0.5 percent, according to a Reuters poll.

  • FRANKFURT, May 18- Chinese home appliance maker Midea Group made an offer on Wednesday to buy German factory robot manufacturer Kuka AG, the latest bid by a Chinese investor to gain control of cutting-edge German industrial technology. The 115 euro per share offer values Kuka at around 4.5 billion euros and represents a premium of 36 percent to Kuka's share...

  • FRANKFURT, May 18- Chinese home appliance maker Midea Group made an offer on Wednesday to buy German factory robot manufacturer Kuka AG, the latest bid by a Chinese investor to gain control of cutting-edge German industrial technology. The 115 euro per share offer values Kuka at around 4.5 billion euros and represents a premium of 36 percent to Kuka's share...

  • *Machinery orders data due at 2350 GMT on Wed. TOKYO, May 13- Japan's machinery orders are expected to have rebounded only slightly in March, a Reuters poll showed, indicating firms remain cautious about their business investments on worries about economic prospects. "The yen's appreciation has progressed, which has made the environment for corporate earnings...

  • You might not hear that from Washington, where the latest job report for April showed factories added 4,000 positions and other measures suggest the sector has stopped contracting. The fallout is most visible on the U.S. campaign trail, where Donald Trump has ridden the wave of anger about losing jobs to become the presumptive nominee for Republican party.

  • TOKYO, April 11- Japanese stocks fell in choppy trade on Monday morning as persistent strength in the yen pressured exporters while investors shrugged off early signs of stabilisation in capital spending. The Nikkei share average fell 1.4 percent to 15,607.77 during mid-morning trade, ignoring data showing Japan's core machinery orders fell less than...

  • TOKYO, April 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell less than expected in February in a sign that capital expenditure is starting to stabilise, but a strong yen, which can hurt corporate earnings, clouds the outlook. Japan's policymakers are counting on capital expenditure to create more jobs and raise wages. "On the whole, capital expenditure is rising gradually,...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a few ticks lower, after Wall Street ended with modest gains on Friday even as the S&P 500 still suffered its biggest weekly decline in two months. Japan's Nikkei stock index skidded 1.2 percent in early trading. Data released early on Monday showed Japan's core machinery orders fell 9.2 percent in...

  • TOKYO, April 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 9.2 percent in February from the previous month, Cabinet Office data showed on Monday, in a sign that business investment remains subdued. That compared with a median estimate for a 12.4 percent decline. In January core orders rose 15.0 percent, inflated by large orders from the steel industry.

  • *Machinery orders data due at 2350 GMT on Sun. TOKYO, April 8- Japan's leading capital spending indicator was expected to show its first fall for three months in February after a surprise one-off factor jump in January, a Reuters poll found. But there is a downside risk as corporate earnings are worsening rapidly, "said a survey respondent from Dai-ichi Life...

  • *Jan core orders +15.0 pct m/m vs forecast +3.0 pct. TOKYO, March 14- Japan's core machinery orders jumped in January, inflated by large orders from the steel industry, but economists say excluding this factor orders were probably flat from the previous month. "Excluding orders from the steel industry, machinery orders were likely flat compared to the previous...

  • TOKYO, March 14- Japan's core machinery orders rose a more-than-expected 15.0 percent in January from the previous month, Cabinet Office data showed on Monday, in a sign that rising business investment could support economic growth. The rise in core orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine...

  • TOKYO, March 11- Machinery orders, Japan's leading indicator of capital spending, are expected to have risen modestly in January for a second straight month, a Reuters poll showed, but deepening concerns over economic prospects have cast doubt on a sustained recovery. Exports were expected to fall for a fifth straight month in February as emerging economies...