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Core inflation rose 1.3% in December- beating expectations- matched by rising factory output

200 City jobs under threat from Japanese bank deal

AT LEAST 200 City jobs could be at risk after three of Japan's biggest banks - Industrial Bank of Japan, Fuji Bank and Dai-Ichi Kangyo - agreed to merge to create the world's largest financial services institution, with $1.26 trillion of assets.

Japanese banks merge to create $1.3trn giant

THREE OF Japan's biggest banks - Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), Dai-Ichi Kangyo (DKB) and Fuji - are expected today to announce details of a merger to create the world's biggest bank with assets of $1.26 trillion.

Outlook: Japanese banking on triple alliance

JAPAN'S POST-WAR economic miracle was built on an ability to take a good idea from the West and exploit it for commercial gain in the east. For examples, look no further than the microwave oven or the motor cycle. Now the Japanese banking industry looks as if it is about to repeat the trick. Or at least attempt to do so.

Tokyo Market: Rising yen may eat into export earnings

JAPAN'S stock index may fall this week, led by exporters concerned that a rising yen will eat into their overseas earnings. They are also worried that a possible rise in US interest rates will cut consumer spending in the world's largest economy. It is thought bonds will rise as falling stocks boost the appeal of fixed-income securities. The central bank is likely to keep interest rates low to boost the economy.

Dollar and euro jump as Fed caps yen

THE DOLLAR and euro both jumped on the foreign exchanges yesterday after the Federal Reserve Bank of New York intervened to cap the yen. The Bank of Japan confirmed the intervention on its behalf, the latest in a series of moves to prevent the yen strengthening enough to threaten Japan's hopes of economic recovery.

Outlook: Eastern sunrise

THOSE THAT recommended caution on equity markets this year, which unfortunately includes this column, have so far been proved dramatically incorrect. This is shaping up to be one of the best-ever bull years for worldwide equities. From the big daddy of Wall Street down to the minnows of Morocco and Mongolia, it is a year of unparalleled optimism. Even in Europe, whose stock markets are among the laggards so far, we've seen a rise in leading stock values of around 15 per cent on average.

TOKYO MARKET: Foreign investors sense signs of recovery

JAPAN'S benchmark stock index may trade around 18,000 this week as foreign and domestic investors watch for further signs that the world's second-largest economy is improving. They may also sell shares in companies that have risen to records recently, on concern that share prices don't justify their earnings potential.

BoJ intervenes to stop yen rising

THE BANK of Japan stepped up its intervention in the currency markets to keep the yen from rising, after a survey yesterday showed an improvement in business confidence.

ECB in first forex market intervention

THE EUROPEAN Central Bank intervened on the foreign exchanges in a surprise move ahead of the Group of Eight summit in Cologne yesterday, selling yen for euros on behalf of the Bank of Japan.

Tokyo Market: Exporters fear rise in US interest rates

JAPAN'S benchmark stock average could fall this week to 15,500, as the possibility of a slowdown in the US economy threatens sales of Japanese firms that export there.

Japan tackles rising unemployment

JAPANESE ministers yesterday indicated there would be an extra budget to tackle rising unemployment.

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GE in $11m loans portfolio deal

Signs of optimism emerge in Japan's ailing economy

BUSINESS CONFIDENCE in Japan was slightly less depressed in the latest quarter, indicated a key survey. The news yesterday boosted share prices, but the Bank of Japan said it was too soon to conclude that the economy had hit bottom.

TOKYO MARKET: Steps to speed economic recovery pay off

JAPAN'S benchmark stock index may climb above last week's seven- month high attained as overseas investors looking for global bargains add banks, brokerages and other beaten-down shares to their portfolios.
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