inflation

Gas station

Gasoline dampens U.S. inflation; mid-year rate hike in doubt

U.S. consumer prices recorded their biggest drop in six years in December and a gauge of underlying inflation was flat, which could make the Federal Reserve more cautious about raising interest rates.

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U.S. Federal Reserve

Unfazed by market swings, Fed sticks to mid-2015 hike scenario

Tumbling oil prices have strengthened rather than weakened the Federal Reserve's resolve to start raising interest rates around midyear even as volatile markets and a softening U.S. inflation outlook made investors push back the timing of the "liftoff."

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U.S. Federal Reserve

Fed's Kocherlakota urges no U.S. rate increases this year

The Federal Reserve should leave short-term borrowing costs near zero for a seventh year in a row, a top Fed official urged on Thursday, citing sliding U.S. inflation and still-high unemployment.

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Construction workers

China fourth-quarter GDP growth may slow to 7.2 percent, weakest since first quarter 2009

China's annual economic growth likely slowed to 7.2 percent in the fourth quarter, the weakest since the depths of the global crisis, a Reuters poll showed, which would keep pressure on policymakers to head off a sharper slowdown this year.

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European Central Bank

Euro falls to nine-year low; Greece and ECB in focus

The euro slumped to a nine-year low on Monday as investors bet that the prospect of inflation across the region turning negative and mounting political uncertainty in Greece will force the European Central Bank to unleash quantitative easing.

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Factory

China factory slowdown a force for disinflation, Asia faces softer demand

China's growth engine looks to have ended last year on a flat note as its massive factory sector sputtered in December, though ebbing price pressures also offered scope for more policy stimulus from Beijing and across much of Asia.

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Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda

BOJ chief says plenty of tools left to ease policy again: paper

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the bank has various tools left if it were to ease monetary policy again, stressing its determination to hit its inflation target in the next fiscal year.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro

Famous Venezuelan ice-cream store closes over milk shortage

An ice-cream store listed in the Guinness World Records book for its 863 different flavours has become the latest victim of Venezuela's economic crisis.

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Luc Coene

ECB's Coene supports government bond purchases: newspaper

The European Central Bank should start buying government bonds to tackle poor investor confidence and low inflation in the euro zone, governing council member Luc Coene said in an interview published on Saturday.

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International Monetary Fund

IMF says Argentina meets targets for more accurate data

Argentina has taken all the required steps so far to revamp its economic data but must still meet one more deadline as it seeks to bring the quality of its statistics in line with global standards, the International Monetary Fund's board said on Monday.

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Janet Yellen

Fed faces big decision over a few choice words

Federal Reserve officials will decide this week whether to make a critical change to their policy statement that would widen the door for interest rate hikes next year and effectively bet the United States will continue to shine in a gloomy global economy.

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Cars

BOJ survey shows Japan business mood fragile, makes Abe's task harder

Confidence among Japanese manufacturers worsened slightly in the fourth quarter and firms expect conditions to deteriorate more, highlighting the challenges premier Shinzo Abe faces in reviving the economy a day after his big win in Sunday's snap election.

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US One Hundred Dollar Notes

Fed considers time to end free money pledge

The U.S. Federal Reserve would give the clearest signal next week that its easy money stance is ending if, as some expect, it drops its two-year long pledge to keep interest rates close to zero for a "considerable time".

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American consumers

After years of doubts, Americans turn more bullish on economy

Pessimism and doubt have dominated how Americans see the economy for many years. Now, in a hopeful sign for the economic outlook, confidence is suddenly perking up.

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Raghuram Rajan

RBI finds falling inflation a hard sell for Indian consumers

Waiting for the right moment to cut interest rates, India's central bank faces a problem over public perceptions that price rises will return to double-digits even though forecasts show retail inflation fell to a record low of 4.5 percent last month.

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