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  • TOKYO, April 22- The Bank of Japan is expected to hold off on expanding monetary stimulus at next week's rate review even though the central bank is likely to trim its inflation forecast for this fiscal year, said sources familiar with its thinking. In a twice-yearly review of its forecasts on April 30, the BOJ is seen slightly downgrading its core consumer...

  • TOKYO, April 22- The Bank of Japan is expected to hold off on expanding monetary stimulus next week even though the bank is likely to slightly reduce its inflation forecast for this fiscal year, said sources familiar with its thinking. In a semiannual outlook report due at a rate review on April 30, the central bank is seen slightly downgrading its core consumer...

  • TOKYO, April 22- The Bank of Japan is likely to cut its inflation outlook for the current fiscal year next week, but will forecast price growth to roughly reach 2 percent in the following two years, sources said, underscoring the BOJ's conviction that a steady recovery will keep the economy on track to hit the target. Many BOJ policymakers prefer to hold off on...

  • GENEVA, April 14- Global goods trade will grow by 3.3 percent this year and by 4.0 percent in 2016, less than previously forecast, mainly due to sluggish economic growth, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday. "We expect trade to continue its slow recovery but with economic growth still fragile and continued geopolitical tensions, this trend could easily...

  • *Japan Inc, wary of outlook, cautious about boosting spending. TOKYO, April 13- Japan's core machinery orders fell for a second straight month in February in a sign that business investment remains soft, and analysts say the smaller-than-expected decline won't necessarily allow policymakers to relax given an uncertain economic outlook.

  • *Japan Inc, wary of outlook, cautious about boosting spending. TOKYO, April 13- Japan's core machinery orders, a key gauge of capital spending, fell for a second straight month in February in a sign of soft business investment that could challenge policymakers' efforts to shake off decades of economic malaise. But weak capital spending plans for the new fiscal year...

  • GOIANIA, Brazil April 10- The Brazilian economy will likely shrink this year, but the South American country could return to growth in 2016 if it succeeds in boosting investor confidence with its austerity drive, the International Monetary Fund said on Friday. The IMF lowered its 2015 forecast for Brazil's economic performance to a 1 percent contraction from...

  • IMF's Lagarde sees 'new reality' of mediocre growth Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 9- Mediocre economic growth could become the "new reality," leaving millions stuck without jobs and increasing the risks to global financial stability, the head of the International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday. Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the IMF, first warned in October the global economy could be stuck on a "new mediocre"...

  • UPDATE 1-World Bank sees protracted recession in Russia Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 6:54 AM ET

    *World Bank sees Russian economy contracting in 2015 and 2016. MOSCOW, April 1- Russia faces a protracted recession as the impact of Western sanctions lingers and oil prices stay low, the World Bank said in a report published on Wednesday. The World Bank's lead economist for Russia, Birgit Hansl, said "adjustment to the new oil price reality and the sanctions...

  • TOKYO, April 1- Weakening demand at home and abroad weighed on Japanese manufacturers' confidence in the first quarter, prompting them to cut spending plans, clouding the outlook for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to reflate the economy. But the latest central bank survey showed service-sector firms saw business conditions improve to a nearly one-year...

  • TOKYO, April 1- Japanese business confidence among manufacturers stalled in the first quarter, a central bank survey showed, underscoring the fragile economic recovery and clouding the outlook for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to reflate the country out of deflation. Big companies also expect to cut capital expenditure in the fiscal year that began on...

  • *Confident of recovery this year- Industry Ministry official. BANGKOK, March 30- Thai factory output unexpectedly rose in February from a year earlier, ending a 22- month streak of falls and giving some hope of improvement in the beleaguered economy. The Industry Ministry said output in Southeast Asia's second-largest economy in February rose 3.55 percent...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, March 27- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the U.S. central bank will likely start raising borrowing costs later this year, even before inflation and wages have returned to health, but emphasized the return to normal interest rates will be gradual. The Fed has held short-term borrowing costs near zero since December...

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, March 27- Brazil's economy grew a slightly better-than-expected 0.1 percent in 2014, but sliding investment and government spending set the stage for what most observers expect will be a painful recession this year. Last year's modest expansion, as published by the government statistics agency on Friday, was still the worst performance...

  • MOSCOW, March 23- Lower oil prices will have a long-lasting impact on Russia, Central Bank First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudayeva said on Monday. The Russian economy is forecast this year to slip into recession for the first time since the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2009, hit by declining crude prices and sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role...

  • Understanding what informs Fed policy decisions Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:21 AM ET
    The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Building in Washington.

    Most people have no idea how the Fed works, what it actually does and why its decisions have so much impact. Here's a brief history.

  • March 18- Business sentiment at Asia's top companies remained upbeat at the start of 2015 with Indian companies turning in the region's most positive outlook for the fourth straight quarter, buoyed by confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic reform agenda. Optimism was tempered by firms in China, where the government expects economic growth to...

  • TOKYO, March 17- The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus programme on Tuesday and signaled its conviction that a steady economic recovery will help achieve its ambitious price target without immediate, additional monetary easing. As widely expected, the BOJ maintained its stimulus programme that pledges to print money at an annual pace of 80...

  • BRASILIA, March 12- Brazil's inflation will rise more than expected this year, but tighter monetary and fiscal policies and a slowdown in activity will ease price pressures in 2016, the central bank said on Thursday, leaving the door open for more interest rate increases. The bank continues to leave the door open for more increases, "said Thais Marzola Zara, chief...

  • *Jan machinery orders -1.7 pct vs f'cast -4.1 pct. TOKYO, March 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 1.7 percent in January, suggesting that companies remain reluctant to increase capital expenditure given the uncertain economic outlook. The data underscores the challenges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Bank of Japan face as they attempt to nudge firms...