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Japan exports drive expansion, offset weak consumer spending

TOKYO — Japan’s economy expanded at a 1.4 per cent annualized rate in July-September in the seventh straight quarter of growth for the world’s third-largest economy. The economy is in its longest period of expansion since 2001. But it slowed from a 2.6 per cent annualized rate of growth in April-June, the Cabinet Office reported …

UK tries to bring home 110,000 travellers after airline fails

LONDON — British authorities are scrambling to bring home 110,000 travellers after Monarch Airlines collapsed Monday, cancelling all flights by what had been Britain’s fifth biggest carrier. The Civil Aviation Authority said it has leased 30 aircraft to transport Monarch customers scattered around holiday destinations ranging from Turkey to Spain and Sweden. Flights will be …

Asian shares advance on strong factory data for China, Japan

TOKYO — Shares in Asia are higher after China and Japan reported stronger than expected factory data. Many markets in the region were closed Monday for national holidays. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index rose 0.1 per cent to 20,376.90 and the S&P ASX/200 jumped 1.1 per cent to 5,743.40. Shares in Singapore and Taiwan also …

World shares rebound as North Korea related selling abates

TOKYO — Stock markets rebounded in Europe and Asia on Monday after last week’s selling sparked by tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. News that Japan’s economy expanded at a better-than-expected 4.0 per cent annual pace in April-June failed to lift Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 benchmark, which sank as the yen stayed firm against the …

Asian markets climb on momentum from upbeat US jobs report

TOKYO— Shares rose Monday in Asia after last week’s report of strong gains in U.S. payrolls. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.5 per cent to 20,055.89 as the yen slipped slightly against the U.S. dollar. A weaker yen enhances the overseas earnings of manufacturers when they are brought back to Japan. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s …

Global shares mostly higher as investors eye 2Q earnings

TOKYO—   Shares were mostly higher in Europe and Asia on Monday as investors awaited a fresh flurry of corporate earnings reports. Chinese markets shrugged off weaker manufacturing data, while Japan’s Nikkei index sagged as the yen surged against the dollar. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX gained 0.1 per cent to 12,179.72 and the CAC 40 of …

Asian shares mixed ahead of Trump Xi meeting

TOKYO — Shares wavered Tuesday in Asia as regional markets appeared to shrug off the latest North Korean missile test. But trading was light ahead of U.S. data releases and meetings later in the week between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.1 per cent …

Asian markets meander on weak China inflation data

TOKYO—Shares meandered in Asia on Monday, after China reported consumer prices were steady but wholesale prices fell in March. Japan’s announcement of mixed trends in machinery orders did little to improve sentiment given the continued strengthening of the Japanese yen. Keeping score: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 stock index fell 1.3 per cent to 15,620.43 and Australia’s …

Nintendo, Google spinoff niantic in smartphone Pokemon game

TOKYO – Imagine coming out of your office, home, or school and getting an alert: A Pikachu is lurking behind a nearby tree, and the chase is on. Japanese video game company Nintendo Co., the Pokemon Co. and Google spin-off Niantic said Thursday they intend to transplant the virtual realities of the famous Pokemon “pocket …

Plans for Tokyo Olympics marred by stadium mess, logo fuss

TOKYO – Japan’s ambitions for a trouble-free 2020 Tokyo Olympics to showcase the country’s economic revival are facing an unexpected obstacle course as planners lurch from one fiasco to the next. The 2020 games were dubbed the clinching “fourth arrow” of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ambitious strategy to restore Japan’s star stature after two decades …

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