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Friday, October 10th 2014 - 05:30 UTC

Industrial activity in Argentina down 2.9% in eight months of the year

Construction materials sales drop is closely linked to the 12.6% contraction of the construction industry

Industrial activity in Argentina dropped 4.9% during August compared to the same month a year ago, reported the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA), the country's most influential manufacturers' lobby. This represents its sixth straight fall and a 2,9% decline for the first eight months of 2014.

Friday, October 10th 2014 - 05:25 UTC

Buenos Aires City inflation in September up 2.2% and 40.3% in twelve months

Because of the change of season clothing and foot wear had a 4.5% impact

The Buenos Aires City consumer price index climbed 2.2% during September accumulating 40.3% in the last twelve months according to the latest release from the City's stats office. So far this year (nine months) inflation has reached 31.1%

Friday, October 10th 2014 - 04:47 UTC

Damon Albarn apologizes to Argentina for Top Gear's offensive behavior

The English singer-musician was cheered by his audience in Buenos Aires

Damon Albarn has apologized to the people of Argentina after Top Gear offended the population with an inappropriate number plate while filming their BBC show in the country. In effect during his set at one Buenos Aires main theatres this week the Blur front-man called To Gear's Jeremy Clarkson a “f****** a*****” over the serious gaffe.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 10:36 UTC

YPF goes overseas: signs agreement with Ecuador to recover mature fields

CEO Galuccio said the Petroamazonas project is part of YPF's strategy to diversify overseas and become a top league player in the region's oil industry

Argentina's state-run energy company YPF closed on Wednesday an agreement with Ecuador's state-owned company Petroamazonas for the enhanced recovery of the mature field of El Campo Yuralpa which will demand an investment in the range of 170 million dollars.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 08:23 UTC

“Holdouts” reveal alleged money laundering operations of business people close to Cristina Fernandez

Lazaro Baez is a public works contractor in the southern province of Santa Cruz, political turf of the Kirchner couple

The American Task Force (AFTA) sponsored by 'holdouts' NML in litigation with Argentina over sovereign bonds payment, revealed on Wednesday foreign accounts of Argentine public works contractor, believed to be involved with the Kirchner family businesses, Lazaro Baez, and showed a map with the money movement, allegedly committing the crime of money laundering.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 06:38 UTC

YPF admits contacts with Russia's Gazprom but no accord or MOU has been reached

Ms Giorgi  met in Russia with Gazprom head Alexey Miller, who told her a “confidential” deal had been reached with Argentine state-run YPF

Argentina's state-run energy company YPF admitted on Wednesday having held promising meetings with Russia's Gazpron to consider different collaboration and business opportunities, “but so far has not signed any Memorandum of Understanding, MOU or agreement”.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 06:08 UTC

Mercosur finally agrees: unified number plates for new cars beginning 2016

Timerman and other officials hold the enlarged prototype of the Mercosur cars' number plate

The five full members of the Mercosur trade bloc will use unified number plates for their 0km vehicles starting in 2016, Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman announced on Wednesday from San Martín Palace in Buenos Aires city.

Wednesday, October 8th 2014 - 20:40 UTC

IMF forecasts two years of recession for Argentina

“Increasing economic misbalances” and “uncertainty” because of the ongoing litigation with the holdouts

The International Monetary Fund anticipates two years of recession for Argentina in a context of “increasing economic misbalances” and “uncertainty” because of the ongoing litigation with the holdouts or 'vulture funds', as well as inflationary tensions.

Wednesday, October 8th 2014 - 07:51 UTC

Argentina needs an “urgent change of course” and better relations with financial markets

“Humbly speaking if I was in Argentina's shoes, that would be my priority”, said economist De la Torre .

The Argentine economy needs an urgent change of course which would have the effect of reestablishing normal relations with the financial market, a crucial step to open a maneuvering space in an ever more complex environment, suggested Augusto de la Torre, World Bank chief economist for Latin America.

Wednesday, October 8th 2014 - 03:50 UTC

Brazilian and Chinese banks support for Argentina in bonds litigation confirmed

The Dilma Rousseff administration seeks “maximum discretion” for this operation while keeping the Argentine government informed, Garcia admitted

Brazil’s PTG Pactual Bank and the China Construction Bank are at the forefront of the initiative to buy up the 1.6 billion dollars of debt which Argentina owes “holdouts” NML-Elliott and Aurelius, according to a report from Buenos Aires Ambito Financiero, the country's leading financial newspaper.

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