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  • BEIJING, July 25- Borrowing costs and access to funding are the key obstacles to private investment in China, a senior official at the top economic planning agency said on Monday, after private investment growth shrank to a record low. Growth in investment by private firms, which accounts for over 60 percent of total investment in China, fell to a new record low in...

  • *JPMorgan estimates AMP funds at 32 trillion yuan at end-March. HONG KONG, July 25- The takeover tussle embroiling top Chinese developer China Vanke has unveiled how local banks are increasingly exposed to highly volatile domestic stock markets through risky shadow lending products that mask their worsening asset quality. Baoneng Group, which is attempting...

  • NEW YORK— Parents who want to dress their kids in clothes that upend gender stereotypes have a small but growing number of options. Some of the clothes are unisex basics. PRICE RANGE: $25 for a T-shirt.

  • NEW YORK— Pink for girls. Kristin Higgins was adamant about not pushing "girly" stereotypes on her daughter, and painted her room in shades of green. "It's hard to find gender-neutral clothing," said Higgins, 35, of Little Rock, whose daughter is now 6. "I want her to just get up and put on the clothing without thinking of putting on a costume, an identity."

  • SINGAPORE, July 25- Chicago soybeans extended losses on Monday, trading near a three-month low hit in the previous session, as forecasts of near-perfect weather during next month's yield-determining phase for the U.S. crop dragged on prices. Chicago Board of Trade most-active soybean contract fell 0.5 percent to $9.83 a bushel by 0326 GMT, having closed down...

  • TOKYO— Japanese electronics maker Funai Electric Co. says it's yanking the plug on the world's last video cassette recorder. A spokesman, who requested anonymity citing company practice, said Monday production will end sometime this month, although it declined to give a date, because key component makers are pulling out, due to shrinking demand for VCRs.

  • TOKYO, July 25- Japan's exports fell less than expected in June in a tentative sign that overseas demand could be recovering from persistent weakness that set in last year. A slowing decline in exports could ease concerns for Japan's policymakers as they try to revive growth with stimulus spending on infrastructure after their structural reform plans failed...

  • TAIPEI, July 25- Taiwan stocks retreated from more-than-one-year highs on Monday as investors took profits on recent winners such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. As of 0258 GMT, the main index fell 0.6 percent at 8,954.58 points. It reached as high as 9,085.91 earlier in the session, an intraday level not seen since July 2015.

  • TOKYO, July 25- Japan's Nikkei share average got off to a bright start on Monday, buoyed by gains on Wall Street and hopes that the Bank of Japan will unveil stimulus steps later this week. "I'd say there's probably a great chance of the Nikkei testing the upside of its range," said Yutaka Miura, senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities, who sees downside support at...

  • MELBOURNE, July 25- London copper inched higher on Monday as the metal was supported by the prospect of a protracted period of looser global central bank policy, but expectations for more supply kept a lid on prices. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper fell by 0.9 percent to 38,120 yuan a tonne. *The world's biggest economies will work to support global growth and...

  • TOKYO— Asian shares were mostly higher Monday, cheered by upbeat signs from Wall Street, a strengthening U.S. dollar and promises from the Group of 20 nations over the weekend to support global growth. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.8 percent in early trading to 16,759.80. GLOBAL MEETING: Envoys of the Group of 20 major economies, meeting in...

  • SYDNEY, July 25- U.S. soybeans fell for a second session to keep prices near a three-month low as updated weather forecasts called for more favorable conditions, easing concerns of potential yield losses. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade fell 0.3 percent to $9.85-3/ 4 a bushel, having closed down 2.4 percent on Friday when prices hit...

  • TOKYO, July 25- Shares of Nintendo Co tumbled as much as 18 percent early on Monday after the company said smash-hit mobile game Pokemon GO would have only a limited impact on its earnings. Nintendo said its affiliate Pokemon Co receives licensing and fees from the game's developer, Niantic Inc, and that profits at Nintendo from those revenues would be limited.

  • VIENTIANE, Laos— The Latest on the meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations:. A highly anticipated meeting between Southeast Asian foreign ministers and their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi has begun in what is expected to be tense discussions on China's territorial expansion in the South China Sea. Wang Yi arrived at the Lao...

  • BENGALURU, July 25- Gold extended losses on Monday from the previous session ahead of central bank meetings in the United States and Japan this week and amid strong appetite for riskier assets like equities. *Central banks from Washington to Tokyo take centre stage this week, although policymakers are likely to remain cautious as they wait for the dust to settle...

  • TOKYO, July 25- Japan's exports fell less than expected in June in a tentative sign that overseas demand could be recovering from persistent weakness that set in last year. A slowing decline in exports could ease concerns for Japan's policymakers as they try to revive growth with stimulus spending on infrastructure after their structural reform plans failed...

  • TOKYO, July 25- Asian shares held near nine-month highs on Monday as worries over the impact of Britain's Brexit vote eased amid efforts to maintain growth, while the dollar was buoyed by a run of solid U.S. economic data. Policy makers from the Group of 20 countries agreed to work to support global growth and better share the benefits of trade, in a weekend meeting...

  • *Pound wobbly after weak U.K. business activity readings. TOKYO, July 25- The dollar was buoyant against the euro and yen early on Monday as a prevailing risk-on mood continued to support the U.S. currency and assets. The euro was down 0.1 percent at $1.0969 after slipping to a one-month low of $1.0955 on Friday in the wake of shootings that took place on Friday in...

  • TOKYO, July 25- Japan's exports fell less than expected in June in a tentative sign that overseas demand could be recovering from persistent weakness that set in last year. A slowing decline in exports could ease concerns for Japan's policymakers as they try to revive growth with stimulus spending on infrastructure after their structural reform plans failed...

  • July 25- For other diaries, please see: Top Economic Events Polling unit diary Today in Washington Political and general news. DATE TIME COUNTRY AMOUNT AUCTION DETAILS. 25 July France Auction of BTF treasury notes.