A sales tax refund counter of a shop in Osaka, Japan. Reuters
Japan’s industrial output rebounded more than expected in July, but retail sales declined sharply and production was set to contract again next month, signalling a bumpy road for an economy facing growing global strains.
Robust earnings from Google-owner Alphabet and Twitter took the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes close to record levels on Friday, with data showing the domestic economy slowed lesser than expected in the second quarter providing support.
General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor announced their quarterly sales in China fell, albeit at a slower pace sequentially, as the US automakers were hit by a slowing economy amid the Sino-US trade war.
With unemployment at a 26-year low, Japanese companies are facing stiff competition for talent. But younger people entering the workforce often resent everything that made the Japanese corporate environment globally notorious: long hours, strict top-down discipline and rewards based on loyalty and seniority.
Auto sales in China fell for a 15th consecutive month in September, data from its biggest auto industry association showed, dampening hopes for a second-half turnaround in the world’s largest auto market.
French energy giant Total SA said on Monday it will buy a 37.4 per cent stake in Indian gas distribution company Adani Gas, as it looks to capitalise on India’s push for cleaner sources of energy.
The German economy is unlikely to slide into a prolonged recession even as it languishes in a weak growth cycle, the Economy Ministry said on Monday.