* S Korean exports fall more than expected
* Official China PMI shows growth
* UN sanctions Congo rebels
* Posco in Canada deal
* S Korean legislature limits chain stores
* Chinese FDI in US rises 12 per cent
S Korean exports fall more than expected
Shipments fell 5.5 per cent in December to $45.1bn from year earlier, almost twice as much as economists’ expected, with the drop attributed in part to fewer working days. Imports declined 5.3 per cent to $43.1bn.
Official China PMI shows growth
China’s official purchasing managers’ index for December, based on a survey of large state-owned companies, came in slightly below expectations at 50.6, unchanged from November. Output among automakers, textile, steel and electronics producers and food processors expanded.
UN sanctions Congo rebels
A Security Council sanctions committee added M23, the Congo rebel army, and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, a Hutu militia, to its blacklist for “killing and maiming, sexual violence and forced displacement” of civilians and other crimes in Congo.
Posco in Canada deal
The South Korean steelmaker acquired a 15 per cent stake worth $1.1bn in ArcelorMittal Mines Canada.
S Korean legislature limits chain stores
Large chain stores will be required to close between midnight and 10am and at least two days a month in a measure passed to help small shops.
Chinese FDI in US rises 12 per cent
A report by the Rhodium Grup counted $6.5bn in deals by Chinese companies, with oil and gas exploration and advanced manufacturing among the leading sectors of interest.
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