NOW TIME FOR THE BUSINESS NEWS AND......

WHEN THE MARKETS IN EUROPE CLOSED A COUPLE OF HOURS AGO LONDON'S FTSE ONE HUNDRED WAS UP... THE DAX AND EURO STOXX WERE DOWN

IN THE US, TRADING COMES TO A CLOSE SHORTLY AND THE DOW JONES IS SLIGHTLY UP.... WHILE NASDAQ IS DOWN.

AND THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR IS WORTH ONE DOLLAR AND FIVE CENTS US THIS MORNING ...... IT'LL ALSO BUY YOU 66 BRITISH PENCE AND ..... ONE DOLLAR TWENTY FIVE NEW ZEALAND.

CHINA HAS RECORDED IT'S SLOWEST YEAR OF GROWTH IN 13 YEARS.. DESPITE PERFORMING SLIGHTLY BETTER THAN EXPECTED IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

OFFICIAL DATA SHOWS THE COUNTRY'S G-D-P ROSE BY SEVEN-POINT-NINE PERCENT.. WHEN COMPARED TO THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR EARLIER.

AT THE START OF THE YEAR THE I-M-F WAS PREDICTING ANNUAL GROWTH OF 9%.. BUT BY MID YEAR IT WAS CLEAR THAT CHINA WAS STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THE 2009 FINANCIAL CRISIS.

AN END OF YEAR BOOST IN RETAIL AND INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT UNDID SOME OF THE DAMAGE..

JAPAN'S NIKKEI SHARE AVERAGE SURGED 2-POINT-9 PERCENT ON FRIDAY TO COMPLETE TEN STRAIGHT WEEKS OF GAINS.

ITS JAPAN'S LONGEST WINNING STREAK SINCE 1987, AS HEIGHTENED EXPECTATIONS OF CENTRAL BANK EASING EARLY NEXT WEEK... PUT FURTHER DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON THE YEN.

THE NIKKEI ADVANCED THREE HUNDRED AND THREE POINT - SIX- SIX - POINTS.. PRODUCING ITS BIGGEST ONE-DAY PERCENTAGE GAIN IN 22 MONTHS.

U-S SAFETY OFFICIALS HAVE JOINED A JAPANESE INVESTIGATION INTO BOEING'S 787 DREAMLINERS.. WHICH HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FROM FLYING.

THE INVESTIGATION IS LOOKING INTO AN ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS FLIGHT WHICH MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING BECAUSE OF BATTERY PROBLEMS.

YESTERDAY QANTAS CUT ITS ORDER FOR DREAMLINERS BY ONE AIRCRAFT... BUT IS STILL ORDERING 14 OF THE PLANES.

BOEING IS INVESTING HEAVILY IN THE 7-8-7 AIRBUS AND NEEDS TO SELL OVER ONE THOUSAND PLANES OVER THE NEXT DECADE TO BREAK EVEN.

 

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