The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) announced the publication in the Federal Register of the proposed rule for the importation of blueberries from Uruguay to the US.
The world's five main emerging economies called Thursday for a greater say in the global decision-making process. The leaders of India, China, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa issued the call at a meeting to coordinate their positions ahead of Friday's session with the Group of Eight (G8) in the German resort of Heiligendamm.
The United States trade deficit fell unexpectedly in April to 58.5 billion US dollars, helped by the weak dollar which makes US exports more competitive and depresses demand for imports.
Brazil's Central Bank on Wednesday shaved 50 points of the Selic reference interest rate which now stands at 12% a historic low and in line with market expectations.
The European Central Bank raised its key interest rate by 25 points to 4% Wednesday and hinted that further hikes could come to tame inflation in a dynamic euro-zone economy.
Uruguay's consumer prices index increased 0.76% in May, totaling 5.37% in the first five months of the year and 8.25% in the last twelve months, according to the country's Statistics Institute.
Immigrants who live and work in Spain generated over half of the country's economic growth in the last five years, according to the report España 2007 from the Encuentro Foundation which estimates that foreigners living in Spain represent 10% of total population, almost 4.5 million people.
President Hugo Chavez called for the creation of a common defense pact between Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia and announced the creation of a development bank to finance joint projects for the four countries.
Argentine Economy minister Felisa Miceli estimated inflation this year will range between 9.5 and 10%, following the release of the May index, 0.4%. She also announced that the issuing of a bond in local currency to soak liquidity from the money market was very successful
The Bank of England left Thursday UK interest rates unchanged at 5.5% but analysts say a rate rise later this year remains likely. UK rates have been increased four times since August last year in an attempt to rein in inflation.