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Japan central bank keeps lax monetary policy unchanged


TOKYO (AP) -- The Bank of Japan has opted to keep intact its unprecedented monetary stimulus despite stronger than expected growth....

IMF hikes outlook for global growth for 2017 to 3.7 percent


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund is upgrading the outlook for the world economy, noting surprisingly strong growth in Europe and Asia and predicting that U.S. tax cuts will give the American economy a short-term boost....

Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just 'a blip'


If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that President Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. A longer impasse, economists say, could rattle consumer and investor confidence, pulling stocks lower and dragging down the economy....

Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid plea for help


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Top financial officials in Puerto Rico offered a peek Friday into why the U.S. territory is mired in an 11-year recession as a federal control board demanded more transparency and information about the island's finances....

UK holiday spending squeezed by Brexit-related inflation


LONDON (AP) -- Retail sales in Britain sank in the holiday shopping month of December, official figures showed Friday, rounding off the worst year in four as a Brexit-related rise in inflation weighed on spending....

Exports, consumers drive China's 6.9 percent growth in 2017


HONG KONG (AP) -- China's economy gained steam in 2017, expanding at a 6.9 percent pace in 2017 in its first annual increase in seven years, according to data released Thursday that exceeded economists' forecasts and the government's target....

Trump claims credit for what is still mostly Obama's economy


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump relentlessly congratulates himself for the healthy state of the U.S. economy, with its steady growth, low unemployment, busier factories and confident consumers....

Russian government considers boost to social spending


MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's economic adviser says the government is considering a possible boost in social spending....

Race is on for succession to Europe's top economic posts


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe is preparing to find successors for many of its most powerful economic officials, including the influential head of the European Central Bank. Those chosen will make decisions affecting the jobs, savings and pay of 340 million people living in the 19 countries that share the euro....

UK inflation dips for first time since June


LONDON (AP) -- The inflation rate in Britain dipped in December for the first time in six months, partly due to a fall in the price of games and toys in the run-up to Christmas, official figures showed Tuesday....