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  • TOKYO— Japan reported further signs of weakness in its economy in June, with industrial output and consumer spending falling from the year before. The Bank of Japan and government have made scant progress toward a 2 percent inflation goal set more than three year ago, partly due to the prolonged slump in crude oil prices. Earlier this week Prime Minister Shinzo...

  • TOKYO, July 29- Japan's Nikkei share average dipped on Friday, weighed down by a stronger yen and uncertainty over whether the Bank of Japan will ease policy later in the day. The index had risen to a seven-week high of 16,938.96 last week, helped by expectations that Japan's government and central bank would offer a double dose of fiscal and monetary stimulus.

  • TOKYO, July 29- The yen firmed in jumpy market conditions on Friday, spiking to a 2 1/ 2- week high against the dollar as investors braced for the possibility that the Bank of Japan's expected easing steps will disappoint market participants hoping for more radical measures. The BOJ usually announces its policy decisions around noon in Tokyo, although the bank...

  • TOKYO, July 29- Japan's core consumer prices fell 0.5 pct in June from a year earlier, matching a decline last recorded in March 2013, government data showed on Friday. The so-called core-core inflation index, which excludes food and energy prices and is similar to the core index used in the United States, rose 0.4 percent in the year to June. Core consumer prices in...

  • TOKYO, July 29- Japan is upgrading its Patriot PAC-3 missile defence system in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, adding range and accuracy needed to intercept more advanced North Korean ballistic missiles, four sources with knowledge of the plan said. The move represents the most significant upgrade to Japan's missile defence system in a decade and is part...

  • Businessmen walk past the Bank of Japan in Tokyo, Japan

    The Bank of Japan is considering specific steps for expanding monetary stimulus to address signs of weakness in inflation.

  • WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for July, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for June, 8:30 a.m.. TOKYO— Honda reports fiscal first quarter results.

  • TOKYO/ BERLIN, July 28- Toyota Motor Corp reported a drop in first-half vehicle sales on Thursday following a series of production stoppages, falling behind Volkswagen which became the world's top-selling carmaker in the first six months of 2016 despite its emissions scandal. Europe's largest automaker said on Thursday it expected full-year sales to come in...

  • SAO PAULO, July 28- Most Latin American currencies and stocks seesawed in thin trading volumes on Thursday as traders kept to the sidelines ahead of a Bank of Japan policy meeting. Tokyo's decision to unveil a $267 billion stimulus package lifted hopes that the BOJ could follow along and inject more money in the economy when it meets on Friday.

  • The most recent effort to boost the price of the commodity mainly used for vehicle tyres came in February, with a promise from top producers Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to cut exports by a total of 615,000 tonnes for six months from March. The main rubber contract in Japan lifted from 147.1 yen a kilogram on Feb. 10 to a closing high of 202.2 yen by April 21, a gain...

  • LONDON, July 28- The dollar fell against the yen on Thursday as expectations faded that the Bank of Japan would deliver the radical stimulus package some had expected this week, and after the U.S. The dollar fell 0.7 percent to 104.72 yen. "There are wide expectations for some action from the BOJ tomorrow, but there's huge variance around those expectations," said...

  • *Profits at Japan telecoms business offset Sprint losses. TOKYO, July 28- Japan's SoftBank Group Corp on Thursday flagged a sharp recovery for struggling U.S. unit Sprint and was bullish about long-term prospects for soon-to-be-acquired UK chip designer ARM. The telecoms and internet conglomerate unveiled plans this month to purchase ARM for $32 billion in...

  • Bank of Japan under pressure after Abe's stimulus plan

    The Bank of Japan starts its two-day meeting ahead of next week's fiscal stimulus announcement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • LONDON, July 28- The dollar took its biggest tumble in almost two months on Thursday and stocks crept to nine-month highs as cautious sounds from the U.S. Federal Reserve left the focus firmly on Japan's next round of money-printing measures. The yen, meanwhile, notched its fourth rise in six days as news that Tokyo had unveiled a surprisingly large 28 trillion yen...

  • KYOTO, Japan _ Kyocera Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $161.8 million. The Kyoto, Japan- based company said it had profit of 44 cents per share. Kyocera shares have risen slightly more than 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • TOKYO _ Nomura Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $434 million. The Tokyo- based company said it had earnings of 12 cents per share. Keywords: Nomura Holdings, Earnings Report.

  • LONDON, July 28- The dollar fell against the yen on Thursday as expectations faded of the Bank of Japan delivering the radical stimulus package some had expected this week, and after the U.S. Japan's prime minister unveiled a surprisingly large 28 trillion yen stimulus package on Wednesday, putting pressure on the central bank to match it with aggressive...

  • TOKYO— SoftBank Group Corp., the Japanese technology company that owns U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp., reported Thursday a fiscal first quarter profit of 254.2 billion yen, up 19 percent from the same period last year. Healthy telecommunications operations in Japan offset losses at Sprint, helping lift quarterly sales by 3 percent to 2.13 trillion yen.

  • Helicopter

    Citi has forecast a “gradual shift towards helicopter money” by advanced economies, as countries struggle to boost growth and inflation in uncertain geopolitical climes.

  • The most recent effort to boost the price of the commodity mainly used for vehicle tires came in February, with a promise from top producers Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to cut exports by a total of 615,000 tonnes for six months from March. The main rubber contract in Japan lifted from 147.1 yen a kilogram on Feb. 10 to a closing high of 202.2 yen by April 21, a gain...