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BOJ officials undecided on more easing

Jan 26, 2016

BOJ officials undecided on more easing

Some Bank of Japan officials view it a close call as to whether the policy board will add to stimulus at a meeting later this week, according to people familiar with discussions at the central bank. Officials will be carefully watching economic data and ...

Japan's 2015 trade deficit narrows as oil prices tumble

Jan 25, 2016

Japan's 2015 trade deficit narrows as oil prices tumble

Japan logged a trade deficit in 2015 for the fifth straight year, but its value shrank 77.9 percent from 2014 to ¥2.83 trillion ($23.9 billion), due mainly to a sharp drop in imports amid lower crude oil prices, the government said Monday. The value ...

China's annual growth slows to 6.9%, weakest in 25 years

Jan 19, 2016

China's annual growth slows to 6.9%, weakest in 25 years

China’s economy grew at its weakest pace in a quarter of a century last year, raising hopes Beijing would cushion the slowdown with more stimulus policies, which in turn prompted a rally on the country’s roller-coaster share markets. Growth for 2015 as a whole ...