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Upward movements on global equities spur oil price hikes

Encouraged by positive indicators coming from the US market and other major worldwide markets, oil prices surged yesterday with New York’s light sweet crude delivery for July hitting $US73.28 per barrel and London’s Brent North Sea steadying at $US74.18 per barrel.

Bernanke calls for close cooperation among G20 nations

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged on Monday members of the Group of 20 world powers to closely coordinate financial reforms in its aim to strengthen the global economy as he leaves note that governments’ international cooperation is a must in overhauling market rules following the global financial crisis.

Global luxury market sales show some spikes but analysts remain wary

Following some pick ups early this year, luxury may be back in style as consultancy firm Bain & Company said Sunday that the luxury goods industry sales in 2010 would grow by four percent to 158 billion Euros or $A229.78 billion with much of the sales spikes to be seen within the first half of the year.

UN upgrades world economic prospects for 2010-2011, sees uneven global recovery

A new United Nations (UN) report published on Wednesday said that the world economy is poised to recover from last year’s crunch with up to three percent growth this year and 3.2 percent improvement by next year, while warning at the same time that only a solid recovery could recoup job losses and fill the production backlog created by the deep recession.

China maintains currency policy as bilateral talks with US nears

China maintained its hard-line stand against revaluing the Yuan amidst longstanding pressures from the US and Europe and instead pointed fingers on the soaring American debt levels, which Beijing described as possible source of more and graver economic concerns.

ANZ believes the worst is over for Australia

An ANZ Banking Group Ltd executive has declared that the worst is pretty much over for the Australian economy as it has survived the downturn almost unscathed, though warning at the same time that the country must stay cautious on the worsening debt crisis in Europe which could restrict local banks’ access to credit facilities.