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Euro inches higher, eyes on Fed minutes LONDON: The euro traded marginally stronger on Wednesday, with traders looking to a speech by European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and the minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest meeting for direction later in the day.The single currency may have been helped by a relatively downbeat assessment of the pace of U.S. growth from two Federal Reserve officials overnight.Markets are still waiting for more strongly hawkish signals from the Fed in favour of higher interest rates next year that many expect eventually to drive U.S. bond yields higher and the dollar with them."Its really been very quiet," said Daragh Maher, a strategist with HSBC on Monday. "With the minutes today (Fed chair) Janet Yellen was reasonably dismissive after the meeting of any upside threat in inflation, so it will be interesting to see if that mood is the same with others at the Fed."Against a basket of major currencies, ...

Sterling subdued by soft UK data LONDON: Sterling extended losses on Wednesday after data showed British house prices slipped unexpectedly in June, prompting more speculators to trim long bets on the pound and profit from its recent rally.Earlier, separate data showed British retailers in June suffering their biggest annual decline in prices since at least 2006. The run of soft data came a day after factory output dropped by 1.3 percent in May - its biggest fall since January 2013.The pound ...
New Zealand dollar hits 3-year high on Fitch outlook lift LONDON: The New Zealand dollar jumped to an almost 3-year high against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday after Fitch Ratings upgraded its outlook for the country's short and long-term debt rating, citing fiscal consolidation and improving growth.Dealers said the move, peaking at $0.8806, had taken out a number of option barriers at $0.8800. The kiwi was trading bang on that round figure 20 minutes after the Fitch announcement.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Sterling falls after surprise UK output dip LONDON: Sterling fell on Tuesday after an unexpected dip in British factory and industrial output prompted some of those who have benefited from the pound's surge in the past month to cash in some of that gain.Factory output dropped by 1.3 percent in May on the month, the Office for National Statistics said, its biggest fall since January 2013 and in contrast to economists' forecasts for a 0.4 percent increase.In annual terms, however, output was ...
Euro subdued by German data, dollar holds on to recent gains LONDON: The euro slipped on Monday, testing a 22-month trough against the British pound, after weak German industrial data highlighted the divergent economic prospects between the euro zone and those of its biggest trading partners.German industrial output fell 1.8 percent on the month in May, its biggest drop in more than two years, surprising most analysts, who had forecast an unchanged reading.The weak data kept alive expectations that the European Central Bank may need to ...
Turkish lira steady as political, security issues hold market in check ISTANBUL: Turkish markets were steady on Monday with domestic political concerns and security issues along Turkey's long borders with Syria and Iraq overshadowing optimism over strong U.S. jobs data.The lira was firm at 2.1334 against the dollar by 0718 GMT from 2.1335 late on Friday.The yield on the two-year benchmark government bond was flat at 8.38 percent.The main Istanbul share index rose 0.09 percent to 77,603.15, in line with the emerging markets share index which ...
Sterling treads water just off six-year high LONDON: Sterling dipped in early European trade on Monday after hitting a near six-year high last week against a basket of currencies, and a steady flow of data in coming days will likely decide whether it resumes its climb.Industrial output numbers on Tuesday are followed by the RICS housing survey and trade numbers on Wednesday and Thursday.In general, the numbers on a steadily improving UK economy continue to be very positive, fuelling expectations of a ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln