Thursday, April 16th 2009 - 07:22 UTC

US March consumer prices mark new annual declination record

United States consumer prices fell in March and recorded their first annual drop in more than half a century, according to official figures from the Labour Department. The consumer price index fell 0.1% last month after energy prices declined. In February prices had risen 0.4%.

Thursday, April 16th 2009 - 07:15 UTC

World Bank plans to loan 14 billion USD to Latinamerica

WB Pamela Cox:  Optimistic about Latinamerica

The World Bank expects to loan some 14 billion US dollars to Latinamerica this fiscal year, or almost three times what it lent in 2008, the bank's Vice-President for Latinamerica and the Caribbean, Pamela Cox told a conference call with reporters.

Thursday, April 16th 2009 - 04:47 UTC

Prime Minister Brown warns UK offshore tax havens

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has written to the UK’s offshore tax havens – including Gibraltar – warning them to meet international transparency standards within six months or face sanctions, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Thursday, April 16th 2009 - 04:18 UTC

Panama Canal transit falls modestly in spite of global crisis

Transits of the Panama Canal slipped 1.4% in the Canal’s second fiscal quarter, according to the Panama Canal Authority (PCA). A total of 3,914 ships passed through the Canal from January through March.

Wednesday, April 15th 2009 - 10:45 UTC

Lower House approves Brazil’s Sovereign Wealth Fund

Brazil’s Congress Lower House approved on Tuesday night approved legislation making an existing Sovereign Wealth Fund into a permanent fixture. The Chamber of Deputies voted 274-102 to approve a government bill making the fund permanent and approving an initial total for it of 14.2 billion Brazilian Reales, approximately 6.5 billion US dollars.

Wednesday, April 15th 2009 - 10:43 UTC

Kirchner denies recession and insists Argentina continues to expand

Kirchner promised economy will keep growing

Two reliable private consultants and advisors confirmed that the Argentine economy has gone through two consecutive negative quarters, thus in recession. However former president Nestor Kirchner denies any recession and insists that the Argentine economy keeps expanding.

Wednesday, April 15th 2009 - 08:38 UTC

Ecuador grew 6.5% in 2008; forecasts 2.5% in 2009

Ecuador President Rafael Correa said that his country’s economic growth in 2008, which according to the latest estimates was 6.5%, was among Latin America’s highest despite the international financial crisis -- and despite defaulting on a portion of the nation's international debt.

Wednesday, April 15th 2009 - 05:21 UTC

Study reveals UK cities most hit by recession unemployment

Job losses during the current British recession have impacted most on large cities, mainly Birmingham, outside London, according to research. The biggest jump in total numbers of people claiming unemployment benefit were found in the North, West Midlands, Scotland, and areas linked with traditional manufacturing and heavy industry, a study by The Work Foundation found.

Tuesday, April 14th 2009 - 13:19 UTC

China optimistic about recovery but ready to “spend more”

China's economy is showing some signs of recovery from the global financial crisis, the country's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has said. The economy is showing “positive changes” but still faces “very big difficulties”, he said on the sidelines of Thailand's cancelled Asean summit.

Tuesday, April 14th 2009 - 11:46 UTC

Brazilian economists forecast worst recession since 1992

Brazilian economists forecast that Latinamerica’s biggest economy will fall into the worst recession since 1992 as companies scale back output amid the first global recession since World War II.


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