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Asia shares supported by upbeat China factory survey SYDNEY: Asian stock markets edged broadly higher on Thursday and the Australian dollar jumped after a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for recovery in the world's second-biggest economy. The HSBC flash PMI came in at 52.0 for July, well above forecasts of a small rise to 51 in July and the highest reading in 18 months. There was also good news on the outlook, with a sub-index of new orders reaching 53.7. The news injected some life into what had been a very sluggish session, and helped China's CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share jump 1.1 percent. Japan's Nikkei added 0.2 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent. South Korea's benchmark index also rose 0.3 percent despite data showing the country's economy growing at the slowest pace in more than a year. Seoul later announced a package of stimulus ...

Australia shares flat in choppy trade, oil sector weak SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares were a shade lower on Wednesday, as investors remained cautious over turmoil in Iraq and ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day meeting while the oil sector dragged. Oil companies were the heaviest drag on the index as Woodside Petroleum Ltd came out of a trading halt to lose 3.7 percent to A$41.28, its lowest price since May 23. Royal Dutch Shell launched a long-anticipated sale of most of its stake in Australia's ...
BHP boosts iron ore output and lifts guidance SYDNEY: Global mining giant BHP Billiton raised its fiscal year iron ore production outlook for a second time this year on Wednesday after seeing a better-than-expected jump in output for January-March.The world's biggest mining company increased guidance for production the year to June to 217 tonnes, up from the 212 tonnes previously forecast. That comes despite concerns about the strength of the economy in China, the number one buyer of ore.It said production in January-March ...
BP partners New Zealand Refining, Z Energy to buy crude WELLINGTON: BP has formed a joint venture with New Zealand Refining Co Ltd and Z Energy to buy crude oil for New Zealand's only refinery to help defend their common market against fuel imports. BP and Z Energy are NZ Refining's two biggest customers for petroleum products. At present, the 110,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) refinery operates only when crude shipments arrive and has to change its settings to cope with different types of crude. The agreement ...
Shell sells Australia gas project stakes for $1.14bn LONDON: Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday it had agreed to sell stakes in a gas project in Western Australia for $1.14 billion as part of the oil company's drive to improve its return on investment.Shell said it is selling an 8 percent stake in the Wheatstone and nearby Iago gas fields as well as a 6.4 percent stake in the related Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to the Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company ...
Shell, OMV, Mitsui to drill deepwater well in New Zealand WELLINGTON: Royal Dutch Shell, Austria's OMV and Japan's Mitsui will drill an exploration well off New Zealand's southeast coast, becoming the latest group to search for natural gas in the country's largely untapped deepwater basins. The Shell-led project would follow a programme by Anadarko Petroleum of the United States to drill two deepwater wildcat wells in New Zealand this year in a joint venture with Australia's Origin Energy Ltd.Anadarko has already started drilling its first ...
Australia shares finish above 5,000 points, but pare early gains SYDNEY: Australian shares ended 0.6 percent up on Monday, driven by financial and resource stocks as sentiment was buoyed by China's interest rate reform and a government election win in Japan, but losses in other Asian indices pared early gains.The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 29.8 points to finish at 5,001.9 after hitting a two-month high earlier in the session. The benchmark fell 0.4 percent on Friday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.3 percent or ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln