AFP Asia-Pacific Economics News Summary for Friday

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Beijing: China’s exports and imports slowed for the second consecutive month in July, official data showed, highlighting worsening conditions in the world’s second-biggest economy.

Tokyo: A bill to double Japan’s sales tax and partially plug its gaping debt hole cleared its final parliamentary hurdle in a triumph for the prime minister that could ultimately also cost him his job.

Hong Kong: Asian markets mostly fell as weak Chinese trade data reinforced concerns of a slowdown in the world’s number two economy, while profit-taking after a week-long rally added to selling pressure.

Australia’s central bank upped its annual growth forecast after a strong first half, but it warned that resources investment — a key driver of the economy — would peak by 2014.

Singapore’s economy shrank 0.7 percent in the second quarter, the government said, although the decline was at a slower pace than expected.

Seoul: North Korea’s new leadership is apparently pushing for reforms in a bid to revive its crumbling state-directed economy, analysts and a South Korean official said.

Hong Kong: Shares in Hong Kong-based sourcing giant Li & Fung plunged almost 20 percent after the Wal-Mart supplier reported an unexpected drop in core operating profit, analysts said.

Seoul: The South Korean unit of French auto giant Renault said it would offer some employees voluntary retirement as sluggish sales continued to squeeze its margins.

Agence France-Presse