Brazil General Price Index Up 0.76% in January Vs. Up 0.62% in December

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Rogerio Jelmayer SAO PAULO--Brazil's general price index, known as the IGP-M, increased in January versus December, according to figures published Thursday by the private Getulio Vargas Foundation, highlighting ongoing inflationary pressures faced by Brazil's central bank. The IGP-M increased ...

Swedish Confidence Indicators Show Mixed Picture

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Charles Duxbury STOCKHOLM--Confidence among Sweden's consumers and manufacturers diverged in January as households became a touch more pessimistic while sentiment at companies improved, data showed Thursday, The consumer confidence indicator from the government agency the National Institute of Economic ...

Brazil Central Bank Signals Further Increase in Interest Rates

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

BRASÍLIA--Brazil will have to raise interest rates further to win its battle against inflation, the country's central bank signaled Thursday. "Advances achieved in the fight against inflation...aren't enough yet," the bank's monetary-policy committee said in minutes from last week's meeting, ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stock Futures Higher After Jobless Claims

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Anora Mahmudova and Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch Weekly jobless claims plunge to lowest level since 2000 NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- A much stronger-than-expected weekly jobless claims report gave U.S. stock futures another leg up on Thursday, just as they were ...

Alibaba Reports Disappointing Revenue Growth -- 3rd Update

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Juro Osawa Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. reported disappointing revenue growth on Thursday, while a senior executive defended the e-commerce giant against Chinese government allegations that it failed to crack down on fakes. Shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant fell ...

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since 2000 -- Update

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Kate Davidson and Sarah Portlock WASHINGTON--The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits plunged last week to a 15-year low, though the reading may have been skewed by seasonal volatility. Initial jobless claims decreased by 43,000 to ...

S Africa's Central Bank Keeps Rates on Hold

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Patrick McGroarty PRETORIA, South Africa--South Africa's central bank kept its key interest rate on hold Thursday, after falling oil prices drove down inflation in the oil-importing nation. Lower fuel prices have become the latest brake on the bank's pledge ...

Obama Budget Proposes 7% More in Spending Above Sequestration Caps--Update

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Carol E. Lee WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama will propose government spending that is 7%--or $74 billion--over caps he and congressional Republicans agreed to in a bipartisan deficit-reduction deal over three years ago, a White House official said Thursday. Mr. Obama's ...

China Trumps US For Foreign Investment

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Paul Hannon China became the world's top destination for foreign direct investment in 2014, edging the U.S. out of that position for the first time since 2003, according to figures released Thursday by the United Nations Conference on Trade ...

Retail trade increased in December

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden and HUI Research 2015-01-29 9:30 AM Nr 2015:10 Turnover in Retail Trade, December 2014: Retail trade increased in December The retail trade sales volume increased by 3.4 percent in December compared to the same month ...

India's Central Bank Will Likely Leave Rates Steady, Economists Say

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Gabriele Parussini MUMBAI--Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan will likely leave lending rates unchanged at Tuesday's policy meeting, economists say, after a surprise cut earlier this month that caught markets off guard. As Mr. Rajan prepares for his ...

Dollar Higher Against Yen on Month-End Dip Buying

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Hiroyuki Kachi The dollar rose against the yen in Asian trade Thursday, driven by month-end dip buying by Japanese corporate investors. Market participants also pointed to comments by Japan's top spokesman that some interpreted as the government leaving open ...

Brazil's Banco Bradesco Net Profit Rises 30% -- Update

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Rogerio Jelmayer SÃO PAULO-- Banco Bradesco SA, Brazil's fourth-largest bank in terms of assets, Thursday assumed a conservative outlook for the expansion of its 2015 credit portfolio, as the country's struggling economy reduced credit demand from companies and individuals. ...

Brazil Central Bank: Inflation to Begin 'Long Cycle of Declining'

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

By Paulo Trevisani BRASILIA--Brazil's Central Bank said Thursday that inflation will begin "a long cycle of declining" later this year, but indicated that more needs to be done to tame price increases. "Advances achieved in the fight against inflation...aren't enough ...

Japan Dec Overall Retail Sales +0.2% on Year

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

TOKYO--Japanese retail sales rose 0.2% in December from a year earlier, marking the sixth straight month of increase, the government said Thursday, on stronger sales of cosmetics and food and beverage products. The figures, released by the Ministry of Economy, ...

Press Release: ISM Makes Annual Adjustments to Seasonal Factors for ISM Manufacturing PMI(R) and Diffusion Indexes and ISM Non-Manufacturing NMI(R) and Diffusion Indexes

TODAY: April 28, 2015 PUB DATE: Jan. 29, 2015

ISM Makes Annual Adjustments to Seasonal Factors for ISM Manufacturing PMI(R) and Diffusion Indexes and ISM Non-Manufacturing NMI(R) and Diffusion Indexes PR Newswire TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 29, 2015 TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on input from an ...