People walk past a stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo on Friday. Associated Press
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) is expected to forecast this week that inflation will remain below its 2 per cent target through the fiscal year that ends in March 2022, sources say, a sign its massive stimulus will stay in place for the foreseeable future.
Japan’s core consumer inflation slowed in May and factory activity shrank in June, underlining the growing stress on the economy and keeping the central bank under pressure to expand its radical stimulus programme, possibly as early as next month.
Japan’s core consumer inflation wallowed at a two-year low in July, increasing pressure for the central bank to acknowledge price momentum was slowing and expand its radical stimulus programme.
China’s property investment grew at its fastest pace in four months in August, a boon for the economy as other sectors weaken from the Sino-U.S. trade war and consumer demand slows.
Shares in African diamond miner Petra Diamonds hit an all-time low on Monday after it missed forecasts with a 22 per cent fall in annual profit, as a Sino-US trade row and protests in Hong Kong dented demand in big Asian markets.
Volkswagen said on Monday it had agreed to pay up to A$127 million ($87.3 million) to settle lawsuits brought on behalf of thousands of Australian customers caught up in its global diesel emissions cheating scandal.