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Thailand to see faster GDP growth in Q3 as investment, tourism returns - finmin

* Says growth forecast of 3.0-3.5% shows clear recovery * Sees GDP growth of 4-5% next year BANGKOK, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Thailand's economic growth is expected to accelerate in the third quarter after a weaker-than-expected second quarter as public investment spending increases along with a recovery in tourism, the finance minister said on Wednesday. Public investment had slowed in the second quarter because of pandemic restrictions but projects have resumed since July as the curbs were lifted, A

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Baltic index ticks up as capesizes snap 4-day losing streak

Aug 17 (Reuters) - The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index .BADI rose on Wednesday as capesize vessel rates snapped a four-session long losing streak. * The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, gained 7 points, or 0.5%, at 1,394 points. * The capesize index .BACI gained 24 points, or 2.3%, at 1,083 points.

Pakistan closing rupee rates in the kerb market

KARACHI, Pakistan, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Wednesday's rates at 1100 GMT in the kerb market from the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan: Currency Buying rate Selling rate U.S. dollar 215.00 217.00 Euro 218.00 220.00 Pound sterling 260.00 262.00 Japanese yen 1.55 1.59 Saudi riyal 57.20 57.70 UAE dirham 58.70 59.20 Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan

Wall St set for lower open on Target results; Fed minutes eyed

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * U.S. retail sales flat in July; core sales rise * Retailer Target's quarterly profit slumps * Futures down: Dow 0.63%, S&P 0.84%, Nasdaq 0.92% By Bansari Mayur Kamdar and Devik Jain Aug 17 (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to open lower on Wednesday following weak results from retailer Target, while growth stocks came under renewed pressure as bond yields climbed ahead of minutes from the Feder
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Thailand to see faster GDP growth in Q3 as investment, tourism returns - finmin

* Says growth forecast of 3.0-3.5% shows clear recovery * Sees GDP growth of 4-5% next year BANGKOK, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Thailand's economic growth is expected to accelerate in the third quarter after a weaker-than-expected second quarter as public investment spending increases along with a recovery in tourism, the finance minister said on Wednesday. Public investment had slowed in the second quarter because of pandemic restrictions but projects have resumed since July as the curbs were lifted, A

Traffic builds up along Rhine after vessel's engine failure

BERLIN, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Around 20 ships are stuck in traffic along Germany's river Rhine, where low water levels have already impeded shipping this summer, after a vessel's engine failure closed part of the waterway, authorities said on Wednesday. A vessel with a 1,660-ton load was forced to drop anchor due to an engine failure, closing traffic between St Goar and Oberwesel, river police said.
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HSBC appoints new head of Middle East global banking

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - HSBC HSBA.L has appointed Julian Wentzel as head of global banking for its Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) business, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Wentzel will be based in Dubai and a search is ongoing to find a successor for his previous role as head of global banking for the UK business, the memo said.
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Russia aims to produce 80 mln-120 mln T of LNG a year by 2035, minister says

Aug 17 (Reuters) - Russia aims to produce 80 million to 120 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a year by 2035, energy minister Nikolai Shulginov said on Wednesday. Russia previously announced plans to produce as much as 140 million tonnes annually, but energy officials later suggested the target date of 2035 might have to shift. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Wednesday the government would allocate 1 billion roubles ($16.65 million) to support the development of LNG equipmen

Thailand's investment pledges slump in H1 as foreign projects wane

BANGKOK, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Investment applications in Thailand dropped by 42% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year, official data showed on Wednesday, led by a sharp fall in foreign projects as the global economy slowed. Foreign investments, which made up 60% of the overall 220 billion baht ($6.22 billion) of applications in January-June, more than halved year-on-year, data from the Board of Investment (BOI) showed.

Sterling steady as double-digit inflation deepens growth fears

By Samuel Indyk LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The British pound was steady on Wednesday as data showed inflation climbed to its highest level in more than four decades in July, heaping pressure on the Bank of England to bring down prices but increasing the risk of a sharper economic slowdown. Consumer price inflation rose to 10.1% in July, its highest since February 1982, official figures showed.
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Iran oil exports could rise further after June-July increase, trackers say

By Alex Lawler, Chen Aizhu and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON/SINGAPORE, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Iran increased its oil exports in June and July and could raise them further this month by offering a deeper discount to Russian crude for its main buyer China, firms tracking the flows said. Despite U.S. sanctions Iran has boosted oil exports, largely to China, during President Joe Biden's term, but shipments have recently slowed due to competition with Russian crude.

Shares struggle after hot UK inflation, New Zealand rate hike

(Fixes media identifier, text unchanged) * MSCI World index flat, S&P futures down 0.7% * UK consumer price inflation tops 10% * New Zealand hikes rates by 50 bps * U.S. dollar edges up before Fed minutes By Danilo Masoni Aug 17 (Reuters) - World shares struggled and oil prices fell on Wednesday as the UK's highest inflation since 1982 and a rate hike in New Zealand reminded investors of the challenges facing the global economy.
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Futures drop as Target results disappoint, growth stocks slip

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Futures down: Dow 0.52%, S&P 0.69%, Nasdaq 0.79% Aug 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures fell on Wednesday after weak results from retailer Target rekindled fears about the health of U.S. consumers, while growth stocks came under renewed pressure as bond yields climbed.
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Euro zone Q2 growth revised down slightly, employment rises

By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Euro zone economic growth was slightly less robust in the second quarter than forecast but still strong, and employment rose again, revised data from the European statistics office showed on Wednesday. Eurostat said gross domestic product in the 19 countries using the euro rose 0.6% quarter-on-quarter in April-June for a 3.9% year-on-year rise.

U.S. dollar holds gains ahead of Fed minutes

(Updates prices) By Iain Withers LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The dollar held onto gains against other major currencies on Wednesday, ahead of the release of minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's July meeting that could give further clues about the pace of further interest rate hikes. The greenback has recovered the ground it lost since softer-than-expected inflation data last week led to investor bets that price rises may have peaked, weakening the dollar.
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Thai court throws out decade-long legal fight over Laos dam

BANGKOK, Aug 17 (Reuters) - A top Thai court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to halt purchases of electricity by the country from a hydropower dam in neighbouring Laos over environmental concerns, bringing an end to a decade-long legal battle. The case brought by 37 villagers from eight provinces along the Mekong River primarily sought to cancel a power purchase agreement between state-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and the Xayaburi dam, which they argued had

Sri Lankan shares fall as industrials weigh, rate decision in focus

Aug 17 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares extended declines to a second session on Wednesday, notching their worst day in 1-1/2 months as industrial stocks weakened and investors eyed an upcoming monetary policy decision. * The CSE All-Share index .CSE ended 1.97% lower at 8,907.35. The index pulled back on Tuesday, after its longest gaining streak since January 2021. * The index is still up 15.2% so far this month, but has lost 27.1% this year.

South African retail sales fall 2.5% year on year in June

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 17 (Reuters) - South African retail sales fell 2.5% year on year in June after rising by 0.1% in May, Statistics South Africa figures showed on Wednesday. On a month-on-month basis, sales were down 0.4%. Sales in the three months to the end of June were up 0.5% compared with the same period last year, the statistics agency said. R

Lula eyes 'green' farm loans to tackle Amazon deforestation

By Lisandra Paraguassu SAO PAULO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Advisors to leftist Brazilian presidential hopeful Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are proposing subsidized "green" farm loans to spur planting of soybeans and corn on open pasture and reduce deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. The proposal, revealed to Reuters by a senior Lula advisor, is one of the clearest examples yet of how the former president has tried to court allies in the powerhouse agribusiness sector while promising more environmenta

UK inflation to hit 15% in early 2023, Citi predicts

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - British consumer price inflation is likely to peak at an annual rate above 15% in the first three months of next year unless there are government measures to lower prices, economists at U.S. bank Citi forecast on Wednesday. Earlier on Wednesday, official figures showed CPI hit 10.1% in July, above all economists' predictions in a Reuters poll.

IMF holds Saudi Arabia 2022 economic growth forecast at 7.6%

DUBAI, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday kept its 2022 economic growth forecast for Saudi Arabia unchanged, while encouraging the kingdom to maintain its oil revenues in a "sustainable manner" as it benefits from booming prices. The IMF said in its "Country Focus" on Saudi Arabia, published on its website on Wednesday, that its economy would grow by 7.6% this year, unchanged from its most recent forecast, and that inflation was expected to remain at 2.8% for t



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