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China Central Bank 'Looking Into' Bloomberg Scandal

China's central bank, which manages the world's largest foreign exchange reserves, is looking into a growing scandal over the access journalists at Bloomberg News had to potentially sensitive data, reports said Wednesday.

The People's Bank of China (PBoC) is the latest major financial organisation to examine the controversy involving the financial news wire, whose terminals are used by officials at many of the world's most important financial institutions and banks.

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Spain's Borrowing Costs Fall on Short-Term Bonds

Borrowing costs for Spain eased as it raised 4.047 billion euros in short-term debt on Tuesday, a sign of further-strengthening market confidence in the crisis-hit country.

The sale offered further encouragement for the eurozone's fourth-biggest economy, which last year resisted speculation that it would need a sovereign bailout to rescue its public finances.

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Hungarian Official Inflation at Historic Low

Consumer prices in Hungary rose by 1.7 percent in April over 12 months, the lowest inflation rate since 1974, the national statistics office KSH said on Thursday.

The rate was down from a 2.2-percent in March.

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Australia's Labor Bracing for Budget Swansong

Treasurer Wayne Swan vowed to keep Australia among the world's top economies and talked up his party's poll hopes Tuesday as he prepared to unveil a lean budget with little to offer a hostile electorate.

Swan's center-left Labor party is on track to lose September 14 elections in a landslide to the Tony Abbott-led conservatives according to opinion polls -- a prediction given weight on budget eve by independent lawmaker Tony Windsor.

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EU Seeks to Unleash Crackdown on Tax Evasion

European finance ministers bid Tuesday to unlock a trillion-euro annual crackdown on tax evasion, under pressure from EU leaders looking for new measures to boost job creation and growth at their Brussels summit next week.

The meeting is expected to be laborious, with Austrian seeking guarantees before agreeing to the automatic sharing of bank records and amid squabbling over the need for treaty change to fix a seemingly stalled banking union sold as the final fix for the debt crisis.

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Leaving Bangladesh? Not an Easy Choice for Brands

Bangladesh offers the global garment industry something unique: Millions of workers who quickly churn out huge amounts of well-made underwear, jeans and T-shirts for the lowest wages in the world.

But since a building collapse April 24 killed at least 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh in one of the deadliest industrial tragedies in history, the country has gone from one of the industry's greatest assets to one of its biggest liabilities.

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Oil Minister: Iran Hopes OPEC Lowers Output

Iran is unhappy with the current oil prices, its oil minister said Monday, hinting at a proposal for the OPEC to lower its output to compensate for a drop in crude prices.

"Iran's suggestion has always been to reduce OPEC production ceiling," Rostam Qasemi told reporters at a petrochemical conference in Tehran.

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Lloyds Banking Group Says Chairman to Retire

Lloyds Banking Group said on Monday that chairman Winfried Bischoff will retire from the post by the middle of next year after overseeing a partial turnaround of the state-rescued British bank.

"The board of Lloyds Banking Group announces that its chairman since September 2009, Sir Winfried Bischoff, will be retiring no later than the shareholders meeting in May 2014. The exact date will be subject to the appointment of his successor," LBG said in a statement.

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Report: Japan's Sharp to Name New Chief

Japanese electronics giant Sharp will name a new president at its June shareholders' meeting, replacing its current chief after only a year in the job, the Nikkei business daily said Monday.

The struggling firm, which last year warned about its own survival, would name company veteran Kozo Takahashi as its new chief, the paper said.

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Spanish Banks Seized Nearly 40,000 Homes in 2012

Banks seized nearly 40,000 homes in Spain last year due to unpaid mortgages, official data showed Friday, as a sharp economic downturn and record unemployment took its toll.

A total of 39,167 homes were seized in 2012, the Bank of Spain said in a bulletin based on a survey of lenders which approve over 85 percent of mortgages in the country.

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