Unite States stock markets dropped sharply Friday, extending a global share sell-off amid fears about the effect of higher interest rates on the world economy. There are growing concerns that higher rates will hit corporate profits and takeover deals, and dent consumer spending.
The International Monetary Fund raised its forecast for growth in the global economy for this year to 5.2%, up form its April forecast of 4.9%.
The Argentine peso slid for the third day in a row, hitting four-year lows against the US dollar in the range of 3.15/3.20 while the stock market recovered at the end of the day after having lost ground earlier.
The European Union urged China on Monday to be more vigilant about product safety, from toothpaste to pet food, and to provide more information about the measures it takes against manufacturers of fake or shoddy exports.
Brazil is considering requesting a waiver from Mercosur with the purpose of hiking the common external tariff (AEC) on shoes and textiles from 20 to 35%, if Uruguay refuses to accept the proposal, reports the Sao Paulo press.
Chile's Central valley fruit and vegetable growers were not prepared for this winter's freezing weather in more ways than one. Agriculture authorities reported that only 8% of the crops destroyed by icy weather were insured against the cold.
Chile's National Automobile Association (ANAC) announced Wednesday that Korea has taken top spot as Chile's new vehicle provider.
China's economy expanded at its fastest pace in over a decade in the second quarter, data showed Thursday, raising expectations authorities will act quickly but not severely to stop overheating.
The People's Bank of China (PBC) ordered Friday an increase of 0.27% of a point in commercial banks' benchmark one-year deposit and lending rates to keep inflation in check. The increases will take effect on 21 July and is the fifth since April 2006.
United States stocks fell sharply on Friday following disappointing earnings from Caterpillar and Google. Worries over the impact of the housing slump and losses from risky mortgages also weighed on stocks.