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Mar 22, 2016

Supermarket sales rise for second straight month

Supermarket sales increased 3.4 percent in February from a year earlier on a same-store basis, an industry body said Tuesday. It was the second straight month of gain. Food sales rose 5.2 percent, aided by the growing popularity of prepared foods. Sales of household ...

Mar 22, 2016

Japan's white goods shipments up for 10th straight month

Shipments of white goods in February grew 10.7 percent from a year before to ¥168.4 billion, up for the 10th straight month, the Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association said Tuesday. The rise chiefly reflected solid sales of energy-saving and high value-added refrigerators. Shipments of white ...

Mar 20, 2016

Japan, Vietnam vow to work together to spur trade, investment

Japan and Vietnam pledged to work together to expand trade and promote investment by Japanese companies’ in the Southeast Asian nation on Saturday in Hanoi at the first meeting held by a special committee formed to boost bilateral economic cooperation. “By using this committee ...

Anger in China's coal country as miners feel left behind

Mar 19, 2016

Anger in China's coal country as miners feel left behind

Hanging from a highway overpass two hours’ drive from the Siberian border, a local government banner reads like a last-gasp exhortation to this exhausted coal community: “Improve our structure, change our methods, transform our city.” This area has transformed in dire ways as China ...