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  • The Investec Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 56.7 in July from 54.6 in June. The index has held above the 50 line denoting growth since May 2013, when Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) was in an international bailout programme. Ireland's was the fastest-growing economy in the European Union last year, …

  • Weak data from China helped push oil prices to their lowest in six months on Monday, knocking the Canadian dollar, and sent Asian stocks close to their 2015 lows. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial and Nazdaq markets all looked set to open little changed, shrugging off the troubles of Greece whose stock market slumped …

  • The strength of sterling has hampered the manufacturing sector's attempts to gain ground in July

  • British manufacturing growth picked up in July but new orders grew at the slowest pace in nearly a year, a survey showed on Monday, suggesting the factory sector would continue to drag on overall economic growth. The Markit/CIPS manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose more than forecast in July to 51.9. The …

  • Similar business activity surveys for Taiwan, South Korea and Indonesia - all heavily reliant on Chinese demand - reflected varying degrees of weakness that is clouding hopes for a convincing global recovery in the second half of the year. With Greece's latest debt squeeze resolved, for now, investors' focus will shift …

  • China manufacturing index hits two-year low: survey

    The final reading of Caixin's PMI came in at 47.8 for the month, the Chinese media group said in a joint statement with Markit

  • FOREX-Dollar bulls stymied by wage data, PMIs next Reuters - UK Focus - Mon, Aug 3, 2015 00:46 BST

    The dollar stayed on the backfoot early on Monday after suffering a setback late last week when subdued wage growth clouded the outlook on the timing for an interest rate hike. The dollar index last traded at 97.264, having eased 0.2 percent on Friday.

  • Hotly-anticipated non-farm payrolls data are expected to reinforce a case for a rate hike in September

  • China manufacturing index slows in July AFP - Sat, Aug 1, 2015 03:02 BST
    China manufacturing index slows in July

    China's manufacturing activity slows further in July, an early sign of weakness for the economy in the second half of this year

  • Eurozone inflation, jobless rates unchanged AFP - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 12:28 BST
    Eurozone inflation, jobless rates unchanged

    Consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in July, unchanged from the previous month

  • Eurozone inflation, jobless rates unchanged: official

    Spain's unemployment rate of 22.7 percent is the second-highest in the eurozone after Greece

  • Taiwan growth slows in Q2 as exports plunge AFP - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 08:20 BST
    Taiwan growth slows in Q2 as exports plunge

    Taiwan's growth came in at just 0.64% year-on-year in the second quarter, sharply down from 3.37% in the previous three months and badly missing a forecast of 3.05%

  • FOREX-Dollar off post-GDP highs, but supported by rate rise view Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 04:52 BST

    SINGAPORE/TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) - The dollar backed off from a one-week high against a basket of currencies on Friday, but was still seen on firm footing after U.S. GDP data supported the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year. The dollar index last traded at 97.358 , taking a breather …

  • FOREX-Dollar holds upper hand as GDP bolsters rate hike case Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Jul 31, 2015 01:53 BST

    The dollar held near one-week highs against a basket of major currencies on Friday as investors interpreted latest U.S. GDP readings as keeping the Federal Reserve on track for its first interest rate hike since 2006. The dollar index rose to as high as 97.773 on Thursday, having risen 1.5 percent from its low on Monday …

  • FOREX-Dollar climbs as U.S. growth supports rate-hike view Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 20:39 BST

    The dollar rose to a one-week high against a basket of currencies on Thursday as news of faster U.S. economic growth in the second quarter supported expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates as early as September. The data followed the Federal Reserve's statement on Wednesday, which some traders …

  • London close: Stocks end higher despite Fed decision Sharecast - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 18:32 BST

    (ShareCast News) - London share prices ended modestly higher despite the US Federal Reserve's decision to leave the door open to possible interest rate increases in September which, it must be pointed ...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St recovers as data points to growing economy Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 18:18 BST

    The S&P 500 almost recovered the day's losses while the Dow and Nasdaq were higher in afternoon trading on Thursday as investors digested earnings and GDP data showed that the economy grew in the second quarter. Procter & Gamble fell 3.7 percent after the company reported its sixth straight quarter of lower sales while …

  • Consumer spending bolsters U.S. second-quarter growth Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 17:55 BST

    U.S. economic growth accelerated in the second quarter as solid consumer spending offset the drag from weak business spending on equipment, suggesting a steady momentum that could bring the Federal Reserve closer to hiking interest rates this year. "This was a very constructive report and given the supportive domestic …

  • Irish economy posts further strong growth AFP - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 17:43 BST
    Irish economy posts further strong growth

    Irish GDP grew 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the previous three months

  • IMF will not be able to approve third Greek bailout Sharecast - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 17:22 BST

    (ShareCast News) - Greece may find it more difficult to secure a third bailout after International Monetary Fund officials argued that the country would not be eligible for further loans, according to ...

  • US economy revives in second quarter AFP - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 16:42 BST
    US economy revives in second quarter

    US growth was boosted in the April-June period by higher consumer spending which accounts for about 70 percent of US economic activity

  • US STOCKS-Wall St lower amid weak earnings and GDP data Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 16:16 BST

    U.S. stocks fell in late morning trading on Thursday as earnings from Facebook and Procter & Gamble disappointed investors and data showed that the economy expanded at a slower-than-expected pace in the ...

  • Euro zone's inflation-less recovery gains traction Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 15:41 BST

    Confidence in the euro zone economy hit a four-year high in July and the European Central Bank said recovery is picking up, supported by loose monetary policy aimed at countering persistently low inflation. Spain's economy was a case in point, with data on Thursday showing it growing at the fastest pace since before the …

  • (ShareCast News) - Economic activity in the US climbed in the second quarter of the year to a reach an annualised pace of 2.3%.

  • US Records Second Quarter GDP Growth Of 2.3% Sky News - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 15:21 BST
    US Records Second Quarter GDP Growth Of 2.3%

    The recovery in US economic growth during the second quarter of the year missed expectations but a first quarter contraction in GDP was revised away in the latest official figures. The Commerce Department said higher consumer spending drove an annualised GDP increase of 2.3% between April and June. The signs of a strengthening …

  • FOREX-Dollar rises as U.S. growth supports rate-hike view Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 15:18 BST

    The dollar rose to its highest level this week on Thursday as news of faster U.S. economic expansion in the second quarter supported the notion that the U.S. Federal Reserve would raise interest rates, perhaps as early as September. The latest GDP data followed the Federal Reserve's statement on Wednesday, which some traders …

  • US STOCKS-Wall St lower at the open after GDP data Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 14:57 BST

    The numbers come a day after the Fed said the U.S. economy and job market continue to strengthen. The Fed has maintained near-zero interest rates for nearly a decade, saying it will raise rates only when it sees a sustained recovery in the economy. "There is a disconnect between what the Main Street is seeing and what …

  • The US central bank may raise its rates sooner than previously expected

  • US GDP Growth Disappoints In Second Quarter Sky News - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 14:10 BST
    US Records Second Quarter GDP Growth Of 2.3%

    The recovery in US economic growth during the second quarter of the year missed expectations but a first quarter contraction in GDP was revised away in the latest official figures. The Commerce Department said higher consumer spending drove an annualised GDP increase of 2.3% between April and June. The signs of a strengthening …

  • US economy grew 2.3% in second quarter AFP - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 14:01 BST
    US economy revives in second quarter

    US growth was boosted in the April-June period by higher consumer spending which accounts for about 70 percent of US economic activity

  • US STOCKS-Wall St set to open lower as GDP misses expectations Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 13:58 BST

    U.S. stocks were set to open lower on Thursday after data showed that the U.S. economy grew at a slower-than-expected pace in the second quarter even as the Federal Reserve left doors open for a possible rate hike in September. The numbers come a day after the Fed said the U.S. economy and job market continue to strengthen. …

  • FOREX-Dollar index add gains on U.S. Q2 GDP data Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 13:49 BST

    The dollar briefly extended its earlier gains against a basket of currencies on Thursday as data showed the U.S. economy improved from a meek first quarter, supporting the view the Federal Reserve would ...

  • U.S. believes no structural issues in GDP data construction Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 13:30 BST

    The U.S. government believes there are no structural problems in the way it calculates gross domestic product estimates, though defense spending was found to have contributed to overstating third-quarter growth over the past three years. The Bureau of Economic Analysis, the government agency that constructs GDP data, said …

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, bond yields hold firm ahead of GDP data Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 13:29 BST

    The dollar jumped and stock markets around the world were left flat-footed on Thursday after the Federal Reserve painted a relatively bright picture of the U.S. economy, boosting bets that it will hike ...

  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed as investors await GDP data Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 30, 2015 12:28 BST

    U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday ahead of second-quarter gross domestic product numbers that will give clues regarding the health of the economy even as the Fed left the door open ...

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