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Mexico economy: Quick View – Banxico cuts rates for first time in almost four years

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In a somewhat surprising move, the Banco de México (Banxico, the central bank) lowered its reference interest rate by 0.5 basis points to 4% on March 8th, on the back of weakening growth and a stable outlook for inflation. ... Read more.

Publication date: 2013-03

China economy: Quick View – Strong February exports raise concerns over data quality

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China's merchandise exports surged by 21.8% year on year in February, according to a report published on March 8th by the country's customs bureau, while imports fell by 15.2%. Read more.

Publication date: 2013-03

Russia economy: Quick View – Car sales in 2012 reach record high

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In 2012 a record total of nearly 3m passenger cars were sold in Russia. Read more.

Publication date: 2013-03

Turkey economy: Quick View – Budget in surplus for first two months of 2013

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The central government budget, which covers most of the public sector, recorded a surplus of TL4.5bn (about US$2.5bn) in the first two months of 2013, compared with a deficit of TL900m in the same period of 2012. ... Read more.

Publication date: 2013-03

Bolivia economy – Bolivia’s economy retains its momentum

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According to belated data released by Bolivia's Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (INE, the national statistics office), the economy expanded by 4.6% year on year in the third quarter of 2012. Read more.

Publication date: 2013-02

Belgium economy: Business sentiment improves in February

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According to surveys from the National Bank of Belgium (NBB, the central bank), business sentiment grew slightly in February, although it remains at a very low level. Read more.

Publication date: 2013-02

Brazil economy: Non-performing loan ratios continue to ease

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According to the January monetary policy and credit operations report, released under a new methodology on February 26th by the Banco Central do Brasil (BCB, the Central Bank), the consumer non-performing loans (NPL) ratio fell from 5.6% in December 2012 to 5.5% in January. ... Read more.

Publication date: 2013-02

Portugal economy – External accounts adjusting rapidly

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Full-year balance-of-payments data from the Bank of Portugal (the central bank) show that net lending by the Portuguese economy was positive in 2012 for the first time since the early 1990s. Read more.

Publicaton date: 2013-02

Malaysia economy: Economy powers ahead in fourth quarter of 2012

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While much of the world was struggling to cope with slower expansion or even recession, Malaysia's rate of real GDP growth accelerated to 6.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012, from 5.3% in the third quarter. ... Read more.

Publication date: 2013-02

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