People walk past sale signs at a shopping district in Seoul. Associated Press
Japan’s annual core consumer inflation ticked up only marginally in October despite the boost from a sales tax hike during the month, suggesting weak household sentiment is keeping companies from passing on the higher costs.
Turkey’s consumer inflation fell to its lowest level in a year in June thanks to a high so-called base effect and a drop in food prices, potentially paving the way for the country’s first interest rate cut since last year’s currency crisis.
The strengthening of national and global food security was the topic on the agenda during the visit of Mariam Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, to South Korea last week. Building on the existing strategic alliances that the UAE has with Asia’s fourth largest economy,
Japan’s economy contracted slightly in the first quarter as corporate and consumer spending weakened, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. Exports also deteriorated amid trade disputes and weaker global demand, hurting the trade-reliant economy. Gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to have fallen 0.2% in January-March on an annualised basis,
Opec and allied nations agreed on Saturday to extend a production cut of nearly 10 million barrels of oil a day through the end of July, hoping to boost energy prices hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
G20 members and invited countries have pledged more than $21 billion to fight COVID-19 and, with a spirit of solidarity, have shown they will spare no effort to protect lives and the most vulnerable.
Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar has told the UAE’s leading contractors that they must prepare for a new way of working as the economic activity gradually starts to pick up.