ECONOMY May 18, 2011 | 5:35 PM
China's expansionary monetary policy has been the primary cause behind recent price hikes. Food prices in particular have been a main contributor to the nation's high inflation.
In March, China's annual inflation rate was at a three-year high of 5.4%. Last month's inflation rate dropped slightly, clocking in at 5.3%. The National Bureau of Statistics has stated that factory output has fallen more than 1% below the March figure and is significantly lower than economists' calculations. In April, anger over rising fuel prices led to three days of protests in Shanghai.Read more »
ECONOMY May 18, 2011 | 3:17 PM
In April, China's monthly steel output was quoted at a little over 59 million tons. Although monthly output is slightly down, China's daily steel output reached nearly 2 million tons last month, which is 2.6% above the daily figure for March.
Earlier this month, CISA, or the China Iron & Steel Association, posted slightly lower figures, but the trend is still prevalent: the steel industry in China has experienced steady growth over the year.Read more »
ECONOMY May 18, 2011 | 3:06 PM
China's trade surplus was $11.4 billion last month, four times the expected amount of $3 billion. In March, China's reported trade surplus was $140 million.
While Chinese exports grew to almost 30% from last year, imports have declined to roughly 22%. US exporters believe that the undervalued Chinese currency is to blame for such a significant trade gap. Although the Chinese are already appreciating the Yuan, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wants China to raise the value of the currency at a much faster rate.Read more »
ECONOMY May 17, 2011 | 3:22 PM
The grain market in China is expected to decline due to erratic weather changes. Cold temperatures have resulted in freezes that have affected the wheat.
There is at least half as less wheat produced than grown in previous years. The lack of rain in some of the areas where wheat is primarily grown has resulted in nearly a 100% reduction of precipitation compared to previous seasons, according to reseach by Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultants. Dry weather caused a detrimental shortage in wheat during the winter months of 2010.Read more »
ECONOMY May 17, 2011 | 12:00 PM
Asia trading and agribusiness is going strong for first quarter 2011. Read the latest key updates below.Read more »
ECONOMY May 13, 2011 | 2:38 PM
The construction approval for 5 hydroelectric dams to power local mining companies has sparked nationwide protests in Chile. Marking the largest public outcry Chile has seen in over a decade, more than 80,000 protesters took to the streets of Santiago, with another 50,000 protesting in Valparaiso and thousands more in another 26 cities around the country.
The upset stems from the ongoing battle between parties who strive for the preservation of Chile’s natural environment and others who want to advance local infrastructure. Although the dams will help the area meet increased electricity demands, environmental organizations and citizens feel that they were not a part of the decision-making process – getting neither the chance to approve or improve the project.Read more »
ECONOMY May 9, 2011 | 3:54 PM
The fact that global tourism continues its upward climb is more than just good news for the visitor industry: it is continuing good news for the world economy. “Global tourism continues to consolidate the recovery of 2010 despite the impact of recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the tragic events in Japan, which are temporarily affecting travel flows to these regions,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.
International tourist arrivals grew by 4.5% in the first four months of 2011, “despite new challenges emerging since the beginning of the year,” said the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.Read more »
ECONOMY May 5, 2011 | 2:28 PM
India has stepped up its green focus with plans to increase renewable energy capacity levels by 17 gig watts by 2017, a government spokesperson reported. Renewable energy secretary P. Uma Shankar reported that the ambitious 5-Year Plan would cost almost $34 billion.
Between 1994 and 2007, India’s carbon footprint increased by over 50%, with around 40% of energy consumption coming from coal and 24% from oil, according to the International Energy Agency. It is among the top-five greenhouse gas polluters in the world.Read more »
ECONOMY May 4, 2011 | 4:41 PM
The United States Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has launched a new initiative to lift high school graduation rates throughout the country.
In 2010, only around 70% of US high school students graduated, and among African American and Hispanic students, the figure dropped to under 60%, according to a survey conducted by news and research group Gallup.Read more »
ECONOMY May 4, 2011 | 12:18 PM
The United States Senate may vote on several energy bills later this month, following an acknowledgement from Majority Leader Harry Reid that the Senate is “way behind” on energy-related issues.
Reid said he wanted to put to vote a series of energy legislation bills from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led by Democrat Senator Jeff Bingman, before the end of the month.Read more »
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