Factories to test world's 'delicate equilibrium'

LONDON (Reuters) – The world economy is caught in a “delicate equilibrium” between stabilization and a further downturn, according to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, and that balance could look even shakier over the next few days. Early measures of factory activity from Asia, Europe and the United States – which typically give signals of momentum in the overall […]

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The Latest: Germany says Airbus hasn't repaid full A380 loan

FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2014, file photo, an Emirati man takes a selfie in front of a new Etihad Airways A380 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, that it has restructured planned airplane purchases from Airbus and Boeing as the government-owned carrier faces financial turbulence. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File) […]

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European shares give up three-month highs after shock U.S. data

LONDON (Reuters) – European shares gave up three-month highs on Thursday after a surprise sharp decline in U.S. retail sales pulled stocks lower in afternoon trading, spoiling an initially upbeat session that saw blue-chips such as Nestle shine on strong earnings. The pan-European STOXX 600 closed down 0.2 percent after spending the first half of the day in positive territory. […]

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Fall in U.S. retail sales erases world stock market rally

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The steepest decline in U.S. retail sales since 2009 in December erased broad gains in world stock markets on Thursday and pushed investors into the safety of government bonds. European shares fell 0.3 percent after earlier touching three-month highs. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 115.97 points, or 0.45 percent, to 25,427.3, the […]

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German government to consult further before taking Huawei decision: source

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government will consult further with telecoms operators and vendors before deciding whether to let Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies participate in building future 5G mobile networks, a senior source said. A decision is unlikely within the next two weeks, the source added, after ministers discussed the matter last week against a backdrop of U.S. […]

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German Exports, Imports Rebound In December

Germany’s exports rebounded at a faster-than-expected pace in December, exceeding expectations, and imports followed suit, extending some positive data for the biggest euro area economy after the recent run of weak figures that suggested a slowdown. Exports rose a calendar and seasonally-adjusted 1.5 percent from November, when they declined 0.3 percent, figures from the Federal Statistical Office showed on Friday. […]

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Eurozone Investor Confidence Lowest In Over 4 Years

Eurozone investor confidence weakened for a sixth straight month in February to its lowest level in over four years, as the assessment of the current economic situation worsened further, while the pessimism regarding the outlook lessened, survey data from Sentix showed on Monday. The investor confidence index for the euro area dropped to -3.7 from -1.5 in January, the Frankfurt-based […]

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Dollar rises on bleak outlook for U.S.-China trade talks

LONDON (Reuters) – The dollar rose on Monday as concerns grew that U.S.-China talks this week would not heal a rift over trade between the world’s largest economies. The greenback is being lifted by its safe-haven appeal as investors, worried about a sharp global economic slowdown, pile into the world’s most liquid currency. It is headed for an eighth consecutive […]

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