Tuesday, December 15th 2009 - 10:21 UTC

Employment and industrial production in Euro-zone confirm shrinking tendency

Creating jobs remains the main challenge for the European Union

Employment in the Euro-zone shrank during the third quarter and October industrial production also contracted 0.6% on a month-on-month basis, according to the latest release from Eurostat, the European Community Statistics Office.

Monday, December 14th 2009 - 13:19 UTC

London could be pushed into third place by Shanghai as financial centre

The West facing accelerated competition from the East

London could be pushed into third place as a global financial centre by Shanghai in the next decade, according to a report.

Saturday, December 12th 2009 - 09:21 UTC

Drastic budget cuts anticipated for UK Ministry of Defence

At least one RAF base is to be closed and Cyprus scaled back

The British Ministry of Defence is facing hundreds of millions of pounds in cuts - including the closure of at least one RAF base - as it struggles to balance its books, it was reported.

Friday, December 11th 2009 - 14:14 UTC

Brazil and Argentina try again to reach an agreement on bilateral trade

Lula and Cristina always smiling for the official photo, but...

Brazil and Argentina are currently discussing the possibility of reducing the number of products subject to the so called non automatic import licences which has been obstructing bilateral trade and causing a rift between Mercosur’s largest partners.

Friday, December 11th 2009 - 14:04 UTC

Brazilian GDP growth in thirs quarter is less that expected: 1.3%

The country economy’s so far has contracted 1.7% over last year

The Brazilian economy expanded 1.3% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the previous quarter according to the official release on Thursday from the country’s statistics office, IBGE.

Friday, December 11th 2009 - 13:52 UTC

Argentina clears the way for outstanding debt swap and new bonds issue

The administration of Cristina Kirchner faces a tight financial year in 2010

In the latest step to finish with outstanding debt problems and return to markets, the Argentine government officially allowed issues of new bonds to be swapped for defaulted government paper.

Friday, December 11th 2009 - 07:54 UTC

S&P downgrades Spain’s credit outlook to negative from stable

Spain is spending massively to keep unemployment below 20%

Spain has had its credit outlook cut to negative from stable by the ratings agency Standard & Poor's. The agency said Spain faced a deeper deterioration in public finances and a longer period of economic weakness than it had previously expected.

Friday, December 11th 2009 - 07:51 UTC

US extends bail-out fund until October next year “to assist American families”

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner admits foreclosures are increasing and unemployment in unacceptably high

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has announced that the 700 billion US dollars financial bail-out fund will be extended until October next year.

Friday, December 11th 2009 - 07:47 UTC

Bank of England leaves rates and QE program unchanged

The bank has warned that the UK economy recovery will be “slow and protracted”

The Bank of England has held UK interest rates at the record low of 0.5% in a widely-expected move. It also announced no changes to its program of pumping newly-created money into the economy - so-called quantitative easing (QE).

Friday, December 11th 2009 - 07:44 UTC

UK Chancellor warned about spending cuts and budget deficit targets

Chancellor Alistair Darling must find additional cuts of £ 36 billion, according to the influential Institute for Fiscal Studies

United Kingdom Chancellor Alistair Darling was warned he must find £36 billion in new spending cuts if the British Government is to meet its commitment to halve the budget deficit over the next four years.


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