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    The global credit crisis creates big downside risks to an already softening economy that require bold action from the U.S. central bank, Cleveland Federal Reserve President Sandra Pianalto said on Wednesday.

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    Federal Reserve districts all saw decelerating economic growth in early 2008, even as prices pressed upward almost everywhere, the central bank's "Beige Book" report on economic conditions said on Wednesday.

  • The full text of the Beige Book released by the Federal Reserve on March 5, 2008 and based on information collected on or before February 25, 2008.

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    By many measures, confidence in the dollar has never been lower, and some fear more Federal Reserve interest rate cuts will make matters worse by swelling inflation and undermining long-term U.S. economic health.

  • The dollar hit a fresh record low against the euro and a basket of currencies Wednesday, on renewed concerns about the health of the U.S. economy.

  • This is a timeline of the European Central Bank's rate decisions from 2007 to date.

  • Euro zone services growth staged a partial comeback in February, in line with an earlier estimate, though a sharp divide in growth rates within the bloc poses a problem for the European Central Bank.

  • DISPOSABLE CHOPSTICKS

    If the words 'recession' and 'stagflation' hadn't added enough to the lexicon of economic doom and gloom in these days of woe, financial markets -- and more importantly the general public -- now have to contend with a new term: 'agflation'. That's agricultural price inflation to you and me.

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    Japanese corporate capital spending fell the most in five years, fourth-quarter figures showed, pointing to a sharp downward revision in growth and reinforcing expectations of a rate cut later this year.

  • Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks at a press conference after the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People Friday March 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

    China's Premier Wen Jiabao vowed on Wednesday to focus on fighting inflation, pollution and misgovernment as the nation readies for a year when it will be tested by the Olympic Games and global economic gloom.

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    Australia's economy expanded at its slowest pace in a year last quarter but only because strength in consumer and government spending was tempered by a big drag from the country's trade deficit.

  • ** FILE ** Euro coins fall out of the hands of a person in Frankfurt, central Germany, Feb. 4, 2007. The euro set an all-time high against the dollar Friday, April 27, 2007, buying US$1.3682 as fears about a U.S. economic slowdown mounted amid signs of weak growth. L(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Quarterly euro zone economic growth almost halved in the last three months of 2007 and prices at factory gates jumped in January, data showed, highlighting the diverging growth and inflation trends faced by the ECB.

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    The dollar turned higher against the yen on Tuesday as U.S. stocks trimmed losses late in the afternoon on talk of a bail-out for bond insurer Ambac.

  • The text of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Reducing Preventable Mortgage Foreclosures given on March 4, 2008 in Orlando, Florida.

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    Australia's central bank on Tuesday raised interest rates to a 12-year peak of 7.25 percent as it fought to keep inflation under control, but noted tentative signs the red-hot economy might be cooling.

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    The combined punch of subprime mortgage defaults and heavy debt remains the biggest risk to the health of the U.S. economy, a panel of business economists said Monday.

  • The dollar halted a sharp sell-off against the euro and a basket of major currencies on relief that U.S. manufacturing had not deteriorated as much as expected.

  • Euro zone inflation remained at a record high in February, the European Union's statistics office estimated on Monday, ahead of the European Central Bank's rate meeting and new growth and inflation forecasts on Thursday.

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    Japan's government may be forced by opposition lawmakers to change its candidate to head the central bank, with former Deputy Governor Yutaka Yamaguchi a possible alternative, local media reported on Sunday.

  • The dollar spiraled lower as worries about the US economy depressed the currency and raised thorny issues in Europe about how to cope with the growing gap.