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  • A vendor weighs commodities at her shop in the city recently. The prices of local onion and broiler increased on the retail markets in the city over the week ending Friday due to a supply shortage. — Focusbangla photo

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Interest spread rate drops

Interest spread rate in the banking sector declined below five percentage point in November last year as surplus liquidity mounted in most of the scheduled banks due to a decreased loan disbursement amid... Full story

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Prices of local onion, broiler go up

A vendor weighs commodities at her shop in the city recently. The prices of local onion and broiler increased on the retail markets in the city over the week ending Friday due to a supply shortage. — Focusbangla photo
The prices of local onion and broiler increased on the retail markets in the city over the week ending Friday due to a supply shortage. Rice prices remained high over the week. The price of local onion increased by Tk 5 a kilogram and... Full story

DSE to announce election schedule this week

The Dhaka Stock Exchange is likely to announce this week election schedule to elect it first board after the demutualisation of the bourse in November last year, DSE officials said. As per the Demutualisation... Full story

India concerned over rising inflation

Admitting government’s failure to contain inflation, Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said high prices have helped farmers and asserted the country was heading for better times. ‘...we have also not been as successful... Full story

Eurozone corporate lending shrinks at record pace

Lending to companies in the eurozone contracted at the fastest pace on record in November, piling pressure on the European Central Bank to do more to revive the currency bloc’s economy. The ECB has cut interest rates to... Full story

ASEAN investment committee to meet in Myanmar next week

Myanmar will host the 62nd ASEAN coordination committee on investment in Nay Pyi Taw next weekend, state media reported on Friday. Dozens of investment officers from member nations of the Association of Southeast... Full story

Turkish inflation rate rises on plunging lira

Turkey’s year-end inflation rate increased to 7.4 per cent in December, official statistics showed on Friday, as the effects of a plunging lire began to take effect on household prices. The rate was considerably higher that central ... Full story

Brazil posts worst trade balance in 13 years

Brazil posted its lowest trade surplus in 13 years on Thursday, at $2.56 billion for 2013, the trade and commerce ministry said, citing rising imports. The country’s foreign trade association AEB had previously... Full story

Defaulted loan at BASIC Bank decreased to 12.42pc

The rate of defaulted loan at BASIC Bank decreased to 12.42 per cent only at the yearend of 2013 which is one of the lowest among the state-run commercial banks, according to a BASIC Bank news release. Though BASIC Bank had to... Full story

Fed’s bitter medicine may help heal emerging markets

If the medicine tastes bad, it’s probably doing you good. Emerging economies might console themselves with that thought when they’re suffering market cramps and hemorrhaging capital as the US ends its monetary stimulus. Full story

Rupee off one-month lows on suspected intervention

The rupee gained on Friday, rebounding from a one-month low hit earlier in the session, after the Reserve Bank of India was suspected of having intervened to prevent a bout of risk aversion hitting Asian currencies from also enveloping India. Full story

Spain jobless queues shrink in December

Spain announced Friday a sharp contraction in jobless queues in December, offering a glimmer of New Year hope for the 4.7 million people still registered as unemployed in the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. Full story

Bharti names ex-Walmart exec Jain as retail CEO

Bharti Enterprises, which agreed to call off a joint venture with Walmart Stores Inc in the country last October, named a former executive with the US retailer to head its retail operations. Raj Jain, who had last year joined the Bharti group as an adviser, was... Full story

Asian shares slip after Wall Street retreat

Asian markets slipped Friday after Wall Street’s three main indexes began the new year in the red on profit-taking following a solid 2013, while Hong Kong and Shanghai were hit by weak Chinese services sector data. The dollar extended losses against... Full story

Dollar eases against yen

The dollar fell against the yen in Asia Friday, extending losses seen in New York, as the unit retreated from a five-year high despite a broadly upbeat set of US economic data. The greenback bought 104.13 yen in Singapore afternoon... Full story


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