China’s trade suffers worst slump in 2-1/2 yrs as COVID woes, feeble demand take toll

China’s trade suffers worst slump in 2-1/2 yrs as COVID woes, feeble demand take toll

China’s exports worst since Feb. 2020, miss forecast Imports fall steepest since May 2020 on sluggish demand Global economic slowdown, China’s COVID woes heap pressure Politburo meet points to domestic demand key driver in 2023, analyst says BEIJING, Dec 7 (Reuters) – China’s exports and imports shrank at their steepest pace in at least 2-1/2 … Read more

U.S. labor market shrugs off recession fears; keeps Fed on tightening path

U.S. labor market shrugs off recession fears; keeps Fed on tightening path

Nonfarm payrolls increase 263,000 in November Unemployment rate steady at 3.7%; participation rate falls Average hourly earnings rise 0.6%; up 5.1% year-on-year WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – U.S. employers hired more workers than expected in November and increased wages, shrugging off mounting worries of a recession, but that will probably not stop the Federal Reserve … Read more

Consumer inflation in Japan’s capital rises at fastest pace in 40 years

Consumer inflation in Japan’s capital rises at fastest pace in 40 years

Tokyo Nov core CPI up 3.6% vs f’cast +3.5% Tokyo CPI stays above BOJ’s 2% target for 6th straight month Data underscores broadening inflationary pressure TOKYO, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Core consumer prices in Japan’s capital, a leading indicator of nationwide trends, rose at their fastest annual pace in 40 years in November and exceeded … Read more

Pub group Fuller’s confident on Christmas after London recovery drives sales

Pub group Fuller’s confident on Christmas after London recovery drives sales

Nov 17 (Reuters) – Fuller, Smith & Turner (FSTA.L) said it was confident customers would keep flocking to its pubs this Christmas despite the challenging economic environment, after tourists and commuters returned to London, driving sales higher. Many of Britain’s hospitality businesses are fighting to survive this winter as energy and staff costs rise while … Read more

UK economy shrinks at start of feared long recession

UK economy shrinks at start of feared long recession

GDP in Q3 -0.2% q/q vs Reuters poll -0.5% Sept economic output -0.6% m/m vs poll -0.4% GDP in July and August revised up Economists still see UK going into recession Finance minister predicts “tough road ahead” LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Britain’s economy shrank in the three months to September at the start of … Read more

China’s trade unexpectedly shrinks as COVID curbs, global slowdown jolt demand

China’s trade unexpectedly shrinks as COVID curbs, global slowdown jolt demand

China’s Oct exports, imports shrink unexpectedly Frail data further blow to struggling economy Global recession risks, COVID curbs in China darken outlook Analysts expect further weakness in exports and imports BEIJING, Nov 7 (Reuters) – China’s exports and imports unexpectedly contracted in October, the first simultaneous slump since May 2020, as a perfect storm of … Read more

U.S. job growth seen smallest in nearly two years in October, unemployment rate up

U.S. job growth seen smallest in nearly two years in October, unemployment rate up

Nonfarm payrolls forecast increasing 200,000 Unemployment rate seen rising to 3.6% from 3.5% Average hourly earnings expected to gain 0.3% WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – U.S. employers likely hired the fewest workers in nearly two years in October and increased wages at a moderate pace, suggesting some loosening in labor market conditions, which would allow … Read more

Inflation worries hurt U.S. consumer confidence; house prices decelerating

Inflation worries hurt U.S. consumer confidence; house prices decelerating

Consumer confidence index falls 5.3 points to 102.5 Labor market differential drops to 32.5 from 38.1 House price gains slow further in August WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – U.S. consumer confidence ebbed in October after two straight monthly increases amid rising concerns about inflation and a possible recession next year, but households remained keen to … Read more

Egypt to develop new currency indicator to wean people off U.S. dollar

Egypt to develop new currency indicator to wean people off U.S. dollar

CAIRO, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Egypt will develop a new currency indicator partly to wean people off the idea that the Egyptian pound should be pegged to the U.S. dollar, the new central bank governor said on Sunday. Hassan Abdalla, appointed in August, told an economic conference that the central bank was also working to … Read more

Tesla slashes China prices by up to 9% as analysts warn of ‘price war’

Tesla slashes China prices by up to 9% as analysts warn of ‘price war’

SHANGHAI, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) has cut starter prices for its Model 3 and Model Y cars by as much as 9% in China, reversing a trend of increases across the industry amid signs of softening demand in the world’s largest auto market. The price cuts, posted in listings on the electric vehicle … Read more