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Mexico inflation seen cooling further in early April MEXICO CITY: Mexican annual inflation likely eased further in early April, backing expectations that policymakers will leave interest rates on hold this year to bolster a wobbly economic recovery.Inflation for the 12 months through the first half of April was seen easing to 3.55 percent, according to the median of 10 analysts polled by Reuters, down from a 3.89 percent rate in the first half of March and a 3.76 percent rate for the full month.Mexico's central bank targets inflation of 3 percent with a 1 percentage point tolerance band. A jump in consumer prices, due mostly to new taxes on soft drinks and junk food, pushed inflation above the 4 percent limit in January and February.Mexico's central bank is expected to hold its main interest rate steady on Friday at a record low of 3.5 percent, as easing inflation pressures give policymakers room to leave borrowing costs low to ...

France deficit plan treads fine line, betting on growth PARIS: France outlined a slower roadmap on Wednesday to reduce its chronic deficit to the European Union's treaty limit next year, based on growth assumptions described by an independent watchdog as risky.Europe's second-biggest economy, with the highest public spending quota in the EU, is a serial laggard where recovery and public finances are concerned.It has already been granted a two-year extension until 2015 on the original deadline to bring its public deficit below the ceiling ...
China to open new areas to private investors: Xinhua BEIJING: China will launch 80 new pilot projects allowing private investment in areas previously dominated by state-run firms, official media reported on Wednesday.The report follows an earlier Communist Party pledge to let markets play a greater role in allocating capital, seen as a key step towards rebalancing the world's second-largest economy to ensure sustainable growth.The pilot projects cover areas including transport infrastructure, oil and gas pipelines, renewable energy and the coal, chemical and petrochemical sectors, ...
Britain's annual deficit below target: official data LONDON: Britain's annual deficit came slightly under the government's target, official data showed on Wednesday, against a backdrop of economic recovery and cuts to state spending.The coalition had a net borrowing of 107.7 billion pounds ($181 billion, 131 billion euros) in the year to the end of March, the lowest level since the height of the financial crisis in 2008/09, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement.It was also just under the Conservative-Liberal ...
French growth to reach 1pc in 2014, rising to 2.25pc in 2017: govt PARIS: France is expected to post growth of 1 percent in 2014 and 1.7 percent in 2015, the government said Wednesday. Output growth is then expected to expand to 2.25 percent for the following two years, the government added, as it announced a slew of measures to stabilise its public finances.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Spain sees stronger economic outlook in 2014-15 MADRID: Spain's government forecast Wednesday faster economic growth in the next two years as the nation emerges from a long downturn with unemployment still topping 26 percent.Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the eurozone's fourth-largest economy would expand by an average of 1.5 percent in 2014 and 2015. The government's official forecast is for growth of 1.0 percent in 2014 and 1.5 percent in 2015.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
South African inflation ticks up: official data JOHANNESBURG: Consumer prices ticked ever higher in South Africa last month, official data showed on Wednesday, fuelling speculation about another central bank rate rise.Statistics South Africa reported that the consumer price index rose 0.1 of a point to 6.0 percent in March, on the back of higher food, housing and transport costs.The rate is at the upper limit of the South African Reserve Bank's target band.The bank raised rates by half a point to 5.5 ...


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