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China’s war on smog, risk, taking edge off Asia’s growth sprint


Growth in China’s manufacturing output slowed in October, threatening to chill activity across Asia, as tough steps to reduce air pollution forced factories to reduce production and a crackdown on financial risk-taking weighed on smaller firms. While business surveys on Wednesday suggested Asia’s export-driven expansion still has legs, the readings are starting to reflect signs of fatigue after an impressive ...

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Asia shares mount 10-year top on strong economy, oil gains


Asian shares scaled a 10-year high on Wednesday on the back of solid economic growth globally, while oil prices extended a bull run on hopes that major producers will maintain their output cuts. European shares are expected to rise, with spread-betters looking at a higher opening of 0.4 percent in France’s CAC and 0.3 percent in Britain’s FTSE. MSCI’s broadest ...

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Japan transport ministry raids two Nissan plants over improper checks


Japan’s transport ministry said on Wednesday it had carried out spot inspections at two plants producing Nissan Motor Co Ltd (7201.T) vehicles as part of a probe into final checks, days after irregularities forced the automaker to recall 1.2 million cars sold in Japan. The two inspections on Tuesday followed inspections at four more factories last week, the ministry said. ...

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Samsung scion Lee fights back tears as prosecutors seek 12 years’ jail


Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee fought back tears and denied wrongdoing on Monday as prosecutors sought a 12-year jail term on charges that include bribing the former president to help cement control of the South Korean tech giant. Lee, the de facto leader of one of Asia’s largest conglomerates, has been in detention since February on trial for ...

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Snapchat’s moment of truth is here


Snapchat has seen much of its market value disappear since going public in March. Now the situation could go from bad to worse. Snap(SNAP), the parent company of Snapchat, fell as much as 5% in early trading Monday to a new low as some company insiders finally get the chance to cash out. The stock later rebounded and was flat ...

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Asia shares advance as investors look to data for proof of ‘goldilocks’


Asian shares rose on Tuesday as investors looked to a barrage of economic data around the world to confirm recent signs the global economy is in fine fettle with inflation staying well contained. Spreadbetters expected a mostly stronger start for European shares, forecasting Britain’s FTSE to open 0.5 percent higher, Germany’s DAX to start up 0.1 percent and France’s CAC ...

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Hyundai Motor profit slumps, warns China, U.S. sales malaise to persist


Hyundai Motor posted its smallest quarterly net profit in five years, falling dismally short of estimates, and warned the second half of 2017 would be challenging as political headwinds hit sales in China and slow U.S. demand continues. The South Korean firm – which together with affiliate Kia Motors is the world’s No.5 automaker – has been betting earnings will ...

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Nintendo posts strong profits driven by new console


Japanese gaming giant Nintendo said it returned to profit in the first quarter due to strong demand for its Switch console. The company hoped the Switch would be a viable competitor against Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. Nintendo posted an operating profit of 16.21bn yen ($144.95 million; £111.39 million) for the first quarter. That’s up by about a third ...

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Nestle to open Japan factory for exotic Kit Kat demand


Nestle is to open its first factory in Japan in more than 25 years because of demand for exotic flavours of Kit Kat. While traditionally the wafer snack has been made using milk chocolate, dozens of different flavours are proving popular in Asia. Flavours like wasabi and green tea have helped Kit Kat sales in Japan grow by 50% since ...

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Air India ditches meaty meals to save money


Air India has introduced an innovative new cost-cutting measure: Meatless meals. The struggling airline announced Monday that it has cut meat out of economy-class meals on domestic flights “to reduce wastage, reduce cost and improve catering service.” Air India has been struggled to compete in the country’s hugely competitive and fast-growing aviation market, needing a $4.5 billion government bailout in ...

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