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Shock fall in Indian output and exports
India’s economic gloom deepened on Friday with a surprise contraction in industrial output, a fall in exports and a jump in the trade deficit, underscoring the enormity of challenges awaiting a new government that takes over in May.
IMF pushes world to do more on growth target
China urged to rein in risks in its shadow banking system
Greece back in bond markets with a bang
Buoyant Greek officials hailed the country’s return to the international debt market after four years as an overwhelming success on Thursday, with investors snapping up the five-year bond in a sale that was eight times oversubscribed.
IMF still cautious on fiscal, financial risks
Emerging economies are piling up risky deficits
China rules out major stimulus; March trade weak
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ruled out major stimulus to fight short-term dips in growth, even as big falls in imports and exports data reinforced forecasts that the world’s second-largest economy has slowed notably at the start of 2014.
US jobless benefit claims decline to seven-year low
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to the lowest level in almost seven years, which could bolster views of an acceleration in job growth after a cold winter dampened hiring.
Bank of England keeps rate steady
Policy committee holds asset-purchase programme at £375billion.
Opec to make room for extra oil from Iran, Iraq and Libya
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), which supplies 40 per cent of the world’s oil, will accommodate additional output from members Iraq, Iran and Libya, Secretary-General Abdalla El Badri said, without explaining how it will do so under the group’s ceiling.
UK trade gap shrinks
Retailers cut prices in March at the fastest pace since 2006
Fed gives banks more time on Volcker rule detail
The US Federal Reserve will give banks two more years to divest collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) that fall under the Volcker rule, a part of the Dodd-Frank financial law that bans banks from making a range of risky investments.
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