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  • Japan's Economy Grows Faster-Than-Expected Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 8:32 PM ET

    Japan's economy grew 0.9% in the last quarter of 2007, double the expected rate, but a likely slowdown this year meant analysts still saw the Bank of Japan keeping interest rates on hold in 2008, or possibly cutting them.

  • Will the Fed Chairman Send Wall Street a Valentine? Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 2:46 PM ET

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has yet to win the hearts and minds of many on Wall Street. But a stand-out performance during his appearance before Congress on Valentine’s Day may bring him considerably more admirers.

  • Dollar Rises vs. Yen on Surprise Gain in Retail Sales Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 9:49 AM ET

    The dollar rose to a one-month high against the yen  Wednesday after government data showed an unexpected rise in U.S. retail sales last month, momentarily dampening views that the U.S. economy is contracting.

  • Japan Wholesale Inflation Hits 27-year High Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 11:04 PM ET

    Japanese annual wholesale inflation hit a 27-year high of 3 percent in January due to rising oil and other raw material costs, but the Bank of Japan is likely to sit tight on rates in the face of cost-push inflation and slowing global growth.

  • Bernanke Expects Housing Recovery by Year End Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 3:59 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers Tuesday he expects the downtrodden U.S. housing sector to improve by the end of the year.

  • Dollar Up vs. Yen on Buffett Rescue Plan Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 1:19 PM ET

    The dollar fell against the euro  Tuesday but gained on the yen after Warren Buffett said he had offered to assume troubled bond insurers' liabilities, a move that may ease recent credit market turmoil.

  • Fed's Poole Predicts US Will Avoid Recession Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    The U.S. appears likely to avoid an economic downturn but the chances of a recession have risen, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President William Poole said Monday.

  • Dollar Slips vs. Yen, Euro on Risk, ECB Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 6:48 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The yen rose broadly Monday as investors grew more risk averse, while the euro eked out a small gain against the dollar as the market weighed inflation remarks from monetary policy-makers.

  • UK Producer Price Inflation Hits 16-Year High Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 3:22 PM ET

    UK factory gate inflation surged to a 16-year high in January, while input price inflation reached an all time high, official data showed on Monday.

  • Australia's Central Bank Warns of More Rate Rises Sunday, 10 Feb 2008 | 9:00 PM ET

    Australia's central bank bluntly warned on Monday that it would likely need to raise interest rates again to restrain inflation, even as it trimmed its outlook for economic growth.

  • Euro on Track for Worst Week Since June 2006 Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 12:03 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    The euro recovered a little Friday but was on track for its biggest weekly fall versus the dollar in 1-1/2 years amid growing expectations the European Central Bank will cut interest rates later this year.

  • Fed's Yellen 'Not Confident' Recession Avoidable Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 10:00 AM ET

    In remarks to an audience in Honolulu, Yellen said that an extended spell of slow growth  as the most likely outcome, but she later told reporters that a recession was within the range of normal forecasting error.

  • Japan Machinery Orders Fall More Than Forecast Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 9:30 PM ET

    Japan's core machinery orders fell more than expected in December, suggesting that corporate activity is feeling the pinch from slowing U.S. growth. But manufacturers still forecast that core orders, regarded as a leading indicator of capital spending, would rise in January-March from the previous quarter.

  • Dollar Gains on Euro After European Rate Decisions Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 1:12 PM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    Both the euro and the pound retreated against the U.S. dollar as the Bank of England cut interest rates and the European Central Bank appeared to leave the door open for an eventual reduction.

  • U.S. Economy Is Showing More Signs Of Weakening Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 11:37 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    The U.S. economy showed further signs of slowing, particularly with Thursday's report that the jobless ranks continued to swell last week

  • Job Market Weakens More, Fueling Recession Fears Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 10:45 AM ET
    Unemployment Line

    Jobless claims fell by 22,000 last week, but the number of workers remaining on jobless aid rose to its highest in more than two years.

  • UK Rates Expected to Come Down Gradually Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 7:53 PM ET

    The Bank of England is widely expected to cut interest rates by 25 basis points Thursday, for the second time in three months, in a delicate balancing act between offsetting the impacts of a slowing economy and fending off inflation.  

  • Fed's Plosser Says Inflation Remains Big Worry Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 12:55 PM ET
    Charles Plosser

    The Fed must remain vigilant against rising inflation pressure this year even as the U.S. economy slows sharply, Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser said.

  • Reader Poll: Recession or Inflation - What's Worse? Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 12:51 PM ET

    Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker Wednesday said policy-makers are worried about the possibility of recession, but that persistent inflation remains a worry for the central bank.

  • Productivity Rises 1.8%, Topping Estimates Wednesday, 6 Feb 2008 | 12:20 PM ET

    U.S. productivity in the fourth quarter rose at a stronger-than-expected pace as the biggest cutback in working hours in nearly five years helped restrain growth in labor costs, a U.S. Labor Department report showed on Wednesday.