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Czech central bank statement following policy meeting on Dec 21

PRAGUE, Dec 21 (Reuters) - The following is the Czech central bank (CNB) board's statement following its monetary policy meeting on Thursday, December 21: At its meeting today, the Bank Board of the Czech National Bank left interest rates unchanged. The two-week repo rate thus remains at...


Ryanair says decided against bidding for Niki assets

DUBLIN, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Ryanair RYA.I has decided against bidding for assets of insolvent Austrian airline Niki, the Irish airline said on Thursday. Niki filed for insolvency last week after Germany's Lufthansa LHAG.DE , which is buying other parts of Air Berlin , scrapped...


Damian Green, UK PM's May deputy, resigns over pornography scandal

By Kate Holton LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May forced her most senior minister, Damian Green, to resign on Wednesday after an internal investigation found he had made misleading comments about pornography on computers in his parliamentary office. Below are...

Bitcoin volatility

Cryptocurrency regulation: clipping bitcoin’s wings

What would it mean if the cryptocurrency sector was more firmly regulated? What would be the issues and would tighter regulation diminish the popularity of crypto investment? Also, are warnings that investors could be wiped out by investing in bitcoin enough?

Graham Buck

Ryanair Irish union warns industrial action still possible

DUBLIN, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Ryanair management met pilot union representatives for the first time in its 32-year history on Tuesday, but the Irish union said industrial action was still possible unless the airline provided written confirmation that it was recognising the union. Ryanair Chief...

Emerging markets

Emerging markets – the winners and losers of 2017

It’s been boom time for emerging markets in 2017, with strong gains in many developing countries around the world. Global growth reached 3.6% over the year, with broad-based gains in Europe, Japan and the US.

Richard Reed
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Oil output: sticking to the curbs

Following the latest meeting of Opec members, will supply cutbacks made in 2017 by the oil production cartel hold into the new year? Can major oil economies afford to stick to the cuts, or will some break ranks?

Graham Buck

Roche touts Swiss-led R&D unit after years in Genentech's shadow

Swiss-led R&D unit's drugs among top pipeline hopefuls California's Genentech has long dominated Roche R&D CEO sees "exciting opportunities" after dry spell By John Miller ZURICH, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Roche ROG.S is touting prospective new drugs from...


Sterling’s outlook for 2018 depends much on Brexit talks

Sterling is stronger now than it has been in more than a year. Even though we're still blaming Britain's target-beating inflation rate on the weakness of the pound, the UK currency is now nearly as strong as it was before the referendum on EU membership

Neil Dennis

2017: a good year for stocks

The year 2017 was a good one for investors in equities, but which were the best performing areas of the market?

James Hester

UK retail sales: a Black Friday, online boost

UK retail sales massively beat expectations in November as UK shoppers went on a Black Friday spending spree. Online sales played a major part in the month´s performance, accounting for 17% of all UK retail sales.

James Hester

UK inflation: Xmas dinner will cost nearly a fifth more

If you´re sitting down for a Christmas dinner this year in the UK, it could cost 18% more than in 2016. No wonder UK consumers are feeling under pressure when wage inflation is rising at just 2.3%.

James Hester

US dollar: Fed tightening, global growth and the wild card

The US Federal Reserve is on course to raise interest rates for the fourth time in a year on Wednesday, yet the US dollar index is still down nearly 8%. So, what is 2018 likely to hold for the greenback?

James Hester
chinese money

Is RMB internationalisation running out of steam?

Is the internationalisation of the Chinese domestic currency, the Renminbi yuan, running out of steam? The question is prompted by the most recent report on the topic by SWIFT

Brian Bollen

What next for the eurozone economy?

Strengthening eurozone economic data has driven sharp rises in the euro over the past year. In the 12 months to the end of November the euro was up by 11% against the dollar and over 9% against the yen.

James Hester

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