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Monday, January 21, 2008

Hungary central bank voted on rate rise, sees risks to inflation

BUDAPEST (Thomson Financial) - Hungary's central bank kept interest rates on

hold for a fourth month today, but said it had considered a rate hike, due to

concerns that inflation will prove higher than expected in 2009 and the impact

of a fall in global risk appetite on its forint currency.

2008-01-21 15:11:15

EU presidency's Bajuck says 'concerned' about impact of US slowdown

BRUSSELS (Thomson Financial) - Slovenian finance minister Andrej Bajuk,

whose country holds the six-month EU presidency, said he and his European

colleagues are "concerned" about the impact that the US slowdown may have on

their economies.

2008-01-21 14:32:38

IMF says Polish growth to slow to 5 pct in 2008, more rate rises needed

WARSAW (Thomson Financial) - Poland's economic growth is likely to slow to 5

pct this year, less than government forecasts, as a slowdown in the world

economy begins to bite, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its report

on the EU's largest former communist member.

2008-01-21 14:32:29

US warns EU against using environment for protectionism

BRUSSELS (Thomson Financial News) - US trade representative Susan Schwab

warned Europe against using environmental issues as an excuse for protectionism

amid disputes ranging from biotechnology to greenhouse gas emissions.

2008-01-21 14:07:08

Hungarian central bank voted on rate cut but sees risks to inflation

BUDAPEST (Thomson Financial) - Hungary's central bank considered a cut in

interest rates at its meeting today, but remains concerned over risks that

inflation will prove higher than expected next year, bank policymakers said

today.

2008-01-21 13:56:02

UK's Brown says govt role in Northern Rock to ensure economic stability

LONDON (Thomson Financial) - Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today that the

only reason for the government's involvement in the Northern Rock crisis is to

"ensure the stability" of the UK economy.

2008-01-21 13:51:20

UK's Brown says govt intervention in Northern Rock to ensure economic stability

LONDON (Thomson Financial) - Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today that the

only reason for the government's involvement in the Northern Rock crisis is to

"ensure the stability" of the UK economy.

2008-01-21 13:28:56

Hungary central bank holds rates steady, as CPI and forint worries weigh

BUDAPEST (Thomson Financial) - Hungary's central bank as expected kept

interest rates on hold today, choosing to hold fire on moves to boost a flagging

economy amid rising headline inflation and worries market instability may

threaten its forint currency.

2008-01-21 13:08:29

Hungarian central bank holds base rate at 7.5 pct as expected

BUDAPEST (Thomson Financial) - Hungary's central bank as expected kept

interest rates on hold today, choosing to hold fire on moves to boost a flagging

economy amid rising headline inflation and market instability.

2008-01-21 11:56:12

UK interbank borrowing rates continue to ease

LONDON (Thomson Financial) - The cost of borrowing between banks in the UK

continued to moderate today, with fears now abating over banks' undisclosed

exposure to subprime debt.

2008-01-21 11:34:52

China 2008 GDP growth seen slowing to 10.4 pct; CPI at 3.8 pct - Deutsche Bank

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - China's GDP growth is likely to fall to 10.4 pct this

year from an estimated 11.5 pct in 2007, largely due an expected slowdown in

exports, said Jun Ma, Deutsche Bank's chief economist for Greater China.

2008-01-21 11:16:46

Portugal Dec PPI up 0.1 pct vs Nov; flat at 5.4 pct year-on-year

LISBON (Thomson Financial) - Producer prices rose 0.1 pct in December from

November and were flat at 5.4 pct from a year earlier, the INE statistics

institute said.

2008-01-21 11:15:22

European govt bonds rise as equity markets falls fuel demand for safer assets

LONDON (Thomson Financial) - European government bonds were higher

mid-morning, supported by weaker equity markets as the prospect of a US

recession remained at the forefront of investors' minds.

2008-01-21 11:10:24

Hong Kong Exchange Fund 2007 investment income 142.2 bln hkd, up 37 pct

HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - The Exchange Fund, which serves as a reserve to back

the issue of Hong Kong banknotes, recorded a record investment income of 142.2

bln hkd in 2007, up 37 pct from 103.8 bln hkd a year earlier, the Hong Kong

Monetary Authority (HKMA) said.

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