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China's economy back on track, grows 4.9% in Q3

BEIJING--Chinese officials said Monday that gross domestic product expanded by 4.9% in the third quarter from a year earlier, putting China's economy back toward its pre-coronavirus trajectory half a year after the pandemic gutted its economy. 11:40 p.m. Oct. 18, 2020

China's economy grows a robust 4.9% in Q3

BEIJING--China said its economy grew 4.9% in the third quarter from a year earlier, which was slower than expected, but it underscores the robustness of the recovery as its growth rate approaches that of last year--before the coronavirus pandemic leveled the global economy. 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2020

China posts strong economic data in September

BEIJING--China's major economic indicators continued to improve in September, helping push third-quarter economic growth higher. Industrial production rose 6.9% in September from a year earlier, up from 5.6% in August, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had expected 5.8% growth. 10:16 p.m. Oct. 18, 2020

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Japan's exports fell at slower pace in September

Japan's exports fell at a much slower pace in September, reflecting a recovery in demand from China. Exports fell 4.9% in September from a year earlier, compared with August's 14.8% decline and the 1.3% drop expected by economists surveyed by data provider FactSet. That marked the 22nd straight month of decline.

9:00 p.m. Oct. 18, 2020
ESG Funds Are Under Scrutiny. Here’s Why

Investors propelled ESG funds to new heights in 2020, and federal agencies are watching. WSJ explains why regulators have ethical and sustainable investment funds under review. Photo Illustration: Alex Kuzoian video content

7:00 a.m. Oct. 16, 2020
China's consumer price inflation eased last month

BEIJING--China's consumer price inflation continued to ease in September as pork prices rose at a slower rate, official data showed. The consumer price index rose 1.7% from a year earlier, moderating from a 2.4% rise in August, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday. A poll of economists by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a 1.8% increase in September.

10:16 p.m. Oct. 14, 2020
Australia's jobless rate grows slower in September

SYDNEY--Australia's unemployment rate rose by less than expected in September, a possible sign that a recovery in the economy is underway. Still, there is little doubt that sustained economic policy support over years to come will be required to keep the economy growing, economists said. Unemployment rose to 6.9% in September, from 6.8% in August, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported Thursday.

10:15 p.m. Oct. 14, 2020
What China and Russia Could Reap From Covid-19 Vaccine Diplomacy

As wealthier countries buy up supplies of Western drugmakers’ Covid-19 vaccines that are still in development, China and Russia are offering their fast-tracked shots to poorer nations. Here’s what they're hoping to get in return. Illustration: Ksenia Shaikhutdinova video content

5:55 a.m. Oct. 14, 2020
Singapore's economy contracts at slower pace in Q3

SINGAPORE--Singapore's economy shrank at a slower pace in the third quarter, thanks to the phased reopening of the economy following implementation of the circuit-breaker from April 7 to June 1. The country's gross domestic product contracted 7.0% in the third quarter from a year earlier, according to the advance estimate released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry on Wednesday.

10:00 p.m. Oct. 13, 2020
China's exports rose at faster pace in September

BEIJING--China's exports grew at a slightly faster rate in September, marking a fourth straight month of gains as external demand continued to pick up. Exports rose 9.9% on year last month, compared with a 9.5% increase in August, said the General Administration of Customs on Tuesday. The growth was slightly higher than a 9.6% on-year increase expected by economists polled by the Wall Street Journal.

11:19 p.m. Oct. 12, 2020
North Korea Unveils Giant New Missile at Military Parade

North Korea unveiled an intercontinental missile Saturday that experts say is likely larger than anything else like it on Earth, as the country celebrated 75 years of communism with a military parade. Photo: KCNA/KNS/AFP via Getty Images video content

8:01 p.m. Oct. 10, 2020

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