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Treasuries price rise as inflation data soothe Fed fears NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices were boosted Wednesday by tame U.S. inflation data that soothed worries Federal Reserve policymakers meeting in Washington were likely to soon tilt toward tightening American monetary policy.Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes dipped to a session low of 2.558 percent shortly after government economists reported U.S. consumer prices fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years in August.Ten-year notes were last up 6/32 in price and yielding 2.5652 percent.The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index dropped 0.2 percent last month as a broad decline in energy prices offset increases in food and shelter costs. It was the first decline since April last year and followed a 0.1 percent gain in July.Stripping out food and energy prices, the so-called core CPI was flat in August for the first time since October 2010 after nudging up 0.1 percent in July."The core was unchanged, and ...

Five-year gilts fall to 4-week low on eve of Scottish referendum  LONDON: Short-dated British government bonds fell on Wednesday, the day before Scots go to the polls to vote on whether to end their centuries-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom.Volumes were thin, as traders were reluctant to make big bets on the outcome of the referendum, which remains too close to call. A series of opinion polls overnight showed a small majority of Scots favour remaining part of the United Kingdom, but this ...

Air France strike into third day, as PM urges pilots back to work PARIS: Air France scrapped more than half its flights Wednesday as pilots extended a strike into a third day, defying Prime Minister Manuel Valls who urged them to stop their "incomprehensible" industrial action.Pilots have walked off the job in protest at the airline's plans to expand its low-cost leisure subsidiary Transavia France, whose pilots are cheaper to employ.Unions fear the company will seek to cut costs by running more low-cost Transavia flights at the expense ...

Lufthansa says ordering 25 new Airbus A320 planes BERLIN: Germany's Lufthansa group said on Wednesday that it was ordering 25 new Airbus A320 aircraft at a cost of about 2.5 billion euros ($3.2 billion) at list prices.The order comprises 15 Airbus A320neo aircraft for Lufthansa's subsidiary SWISS to be delivered from 2019, and 10 new A320ceo planes destined for its low-cost Eurowings subsidiary in 2016 and 2017, the European air transport giant said in a statement."This order for modern, fuel-efficient and quiet aircraft ...

Sony deepens loss estimate on struggling smartphone business TOKYO: Sony Corp on Wednesday sharply deepened its net loss estimate and said it would not pay a dividend this fiscal year for the first time since it listed in 1958 after it was hit by a massive impairment charge for its struggling smartphone division.The downward revision its the sixth under Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai, who took his post in 2012 promising to pull the firm's troubled electronics division into the black by focusing on ...

European car sales rise, helped by Spanish subsidies FRANKFURT: Car sales in Europe rose in August but analysts and executives pointed to a heavy reliance on government incentives in Spain and a fall in sales in big markets Germany, France and Italy as signs a European recovery may be faltering.Mass-market carmakers Volkswagen, Ford and Opel all made gains, while premium makers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi lost ground.Europe's car industry has showed signs of emerging from a six-year slump, with registrations bottoming out last ...

EU car sales up again in July and August PARIS: New car registrations in the European Union showed further recovery in July and August, industry data showed on Wednesday.Sales of new cars rose 5.6 percent in July and 2.1 percent in August, the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) said, showing the market is shaking off a slump.French manufacturer Renault performed strongly in July with a 10.4-percent rise, but fell back 3.1 percent in August.European car manufacturers were hard hit during the financial crisis ...


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