China Economic Growth Steady In Q1

China’s economy grew at a stable pace in the first quarter of this year, defying expectations for a modest easing, led by robust investment, preliminary data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Wednesday. Gross domestic product grew 6.4 percent year-on-year, same as in the final three months of 2018. Economists had expected 6.3 percent growth.
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IMF Cuts Global Growth Forecast On Trade Tensions, Policy Uncertainty

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday slashed the global growth forecast for this year, citing the trade tensions, weaker business confidence, tighter financial conditions and higher policy uncertainty. The Washington-based global lender cut the growth forecast for this year to 3.3 percent in its latest World Economic Outlook, or WEO, which is released twice a year.
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How Trump’s border policies are boosting wage growth

The left won’t admit it, but Friday’s employment report is yet more proof that President Trump’s policies have achieved in a little more than one year something progressive politicians have been championing for nearly forever: a fairly significant increase in the federal minimum wage. Trump hasn’t officially agreed to raise the federal minimum wage above…
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Billy Reid on a Growth Spurt as New Investors Come on Board

NEW YORK — It’s a new day at Billy Reid.
The Alabama-based designer recently sold a minority stake in his business and with that financial cushion is working with a new team to grow the brand to what he believes can be its full potential.
In addition to Joel Anderson, an Alabama businessman who has been a partner for close to a decade, the Kemmons Wilson Companies, a Memphis-based investment firm operated by the descendants of the founder of the Holiday Inn chain, recently invested as well. Kemmons Wilson also holds stakes in the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team, the Wiseacre Brewing Co., Central BBQ, Active Implants and businesses in the hospitality and insurance fields. It purchased an undisclosed percentage of the Billy Reid brand last year.
The latest company to provide funding is The Balvenie, Scotland’s premier single malt Scotch whisky. The deal, which is for one year but may be extended, will find Balvenie spirits being featured at Billy Reid’s 12 retail stores. It will sponsor his 11th annual Shindig festival in Alabama in August and host a series of in-store events in several stores.
Like many independent designer labels, Reid has struggled to find the cash to sustain and expand his business. Reid

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Fund managers skittish over Levi’s long-term growth prospects

Levi Strauss & Co’s is betting it can convince investors there is still plenty of global growth left for the 165-year old company, but fund managers fret the iconic blue jeans maker’s stock may be too pricey to generate a decent return.


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Trump’s budget will project 3% GDP growth over the next few years – defying consensus forecasts

The forecasts will show GDP reaching 3.2 percent this year compared to last year and 3.1 percent in 2020, according to a copy of the projections obtained by CNBC. Growth will then level off at 3 percent through 2024, according to the projections.
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Stalled out job growth could be warning of slowdown but no signal of recession

February's job growth slowed to a crawl, but it is temporarily sluggish growth and not a sign of recession.
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Stocks Fall Sharply After ECB Lowers Economic Growth Forecast – U.S. Commentary

Stocks have moved sharply lower over the course of morning trading on Thursday, extending the downward move seen in the previous session. The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 are pulling back further off the four-month intraday highs set on Monday.
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JPMorgan Kicks In Another $15 Million to Advance Economic Growth in Detroit

JPMorgan Chase has committed $ 15 million in Detroit to help more black residents benefit from the continued economic recovery in the Motor City. The new investment is geared to expand economic opportunity across some Detroit neighborhoods.

The nation’s largest bank will combine a $ 10 million, long-term low-cost loan and $ 5 million in philanthropy to enable the Strategic Neighborhood Fund to finance critical neighborhood projects, lacking access to conventional financing. The bank claims funding will help attract extra capital, and eventually provide local residents further access to affordable housing, grocery stores, schools, and commercial space.

The bank’s investment is part of its $ 150 million five-year commitment in Detroit’s economic recovery, which includes helping women, minority, and veteran entrepreneurs.

A city project backed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, recently was expanded to 10 neighborhoods from three. The new commitment will revitalize commercial areas in the 10 neighborhoods, allowing residents to gain new jobs, start businesses, and have access to business services.

JPMorgan Chase invested $ 5 million into the Strategic Neighborhood Fund in 2016. Commenting on the latest commitment, Duggan stated in a news release, “With the help of partners like JPMorgan Chase, we are taking the successful strategies that worked in our Downtown and Midtown areas, and scaling it to bring physical improvements and development to neighborhoods across our city.”

Duggan continued: “We’ve got a lot more work to do, and together we’ll expand the good work being done to ensure more Detroiters are participating in the comeback.”

Peter Scher, head of corporate responsibility at JPMorgan Chase, added, “There are so many clear signs of recovery across Detroit. The leadership of the Mayor and the strategic focus of so many partners has truly been the key to this progress. “We want this growth to benefit all Detroiters, especially those who have lived here their whole lives. That’s why we continue to invest our long-term capital in more neighborhoods.”

In 2014, the bank says it helped launch two community development loan funds in the city; the Detroit Neighborhoods Fund and Chase Invest Detroit Fund. Both were set up through Capital Impact Partners and Invest Detroit, two community development financial institutions.

These funds, including a $ 40 million in low-cost debt from JPMorgan Chase, helped finance the construction of mixed-use real estate development, affordable multifamily housing, and high quality residential, commercial, and retail developments as well as provided flexible capital for small and medium-sized businesses in Detroit.

All told, the funds have leveraged over $ 230 million in additional funding from outside sources to support residential and commercial development.

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Asian Shares Mixed On Growth Concerns

Asian stocks ended mixed on Tuesday after U.S. construction spending unexpectedly fell in December and China cut its GDP growth target, raising fresh concerns about global growth slowdown.
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Fed’s Powell sees solid but slower U.S. economic growth in 2019

The U.S. economy will grow at a solid though slower pace in 2019 and the Federal Reserve will remain “patient” in deciding whether to further raise interest rates, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said on Tuesday.


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Heineken FY18 Profit Down, Volume Up; Sees Profit Growth In FY19; Stock Up

Dutch brewer company Heineken NV (reported Wednesday weak net profit in its fiscal year 2018 on charges, while revenues were higher with improved beer volume. Looking ahead for fiscal 2019, the company anticipates adjusted operating profit to grow by mid-single digit on an organic basis. In Amsterdam, Heineken shares were gaining around 5 percent in the morning trading.
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Long Island City will continue growth without Amazon, says real estate brokerage CEO

CNBC's "Power Lunch" team talks with Robert Frank, CNBC's wealth reporter, and Eric Benaim, CEO of Long Island City brokerage Modern Spaces, about how Amazon's decision to pull out of Queens will impact real estate.
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Weed grower Canopy Growth rallies after legal pot sales buoy revenue by 282%

Cannabis producer Canopy Growth was set to rally Friday after it reported third-quarter revenue rose 282 percent over the last year.
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Janet Yellen: Possible next Fed move is a cut if global growth continues to slow

The former central bank chief cited "slowing global growth" as the biggest threat to the economy she once watched over.
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Daimler Q4 Profit Down, Cuts Dividend; Sees Slight Growth In FY19; Stock Dips

Shares of Daimler AG were losing around 2 percent in the early morning trading in Germany after the automaker on Wednesday reported that its fourth-quarter profit halved, despite higher sales and unit volume. The company also trimmed its dividend. Looking ahead, for fiscal 2019, the company expects slight increase in Group EBIT, revenues and unit sales.
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Novartis Stock Dips As Q4 Profit Misses View; Plans Buyback; Sees Growth In FY19

Shares of Novartis AG (NVS) were losing around 2 percent in the early morning trading in Switzerland after the drug major reported weak profit in its fourth quarter, and core earnings were below market estimates. Net sales, however, increased and topped analysts’ view. Further, the company proposed higher dividend as well as up to 10 billion Swiss francs share repurchase program.
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IMF Chair Christine Lagarde cuts global growth forecast for 2019 to 3.5 percent

IMF Chair Christine Lagarde has cut the global growth forecast to 3.5 percent. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, she said the move was due to the high level of economic risks that are accelerating around the globe.
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US home price growth slowed in October

U.S. home price growth slowed in October, a likely consequence of higher mortgage rates having worsened affordability and causing sales to fall.
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John Varvatos Business on a Growth Path as Sale Rumors Silence

NEW YORK — In 2020, John Varvatos will mark a major milestone — the 20th anniversary of showing his first men’s wear collection.
Like any fashion label, Varvatos has experienced his share of ups and downs over the past two decades — ownership changes, painful reductions in staff, department store consolidation and changing shifts in fashion.
But after a couple of years of flux, the John Varvatos business is once again in expansion mode. The brand just entered the Middle East with its first retail store in Dubai and there are others in the wings. New product categories such as accessories, jewelry and swimwear are being added.
Star USA, the more-casual, younger and lower-priced line, has been completely revamped and will be unveiled at the Pitti Uomo show in Florence in January.
The architect steering these changes is Mark Brashear, who joined John Varvatos Enterprises as chief executive officer three years ago. Brashear has a long history in the men’s industry that includes Nordstrom, Façonnable, Hugo Boss and Michael Kors.
He’s also seen as a straight shooter and, as such, doesn’t duck questions regarding the uncertainty that surrounded the brand just two years ago when rumors were rampant that its majority owner, the private equity group, Lion

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks under a cloud as US political uncertainty adds to growth fears

Global stock markets were heading
into the year-end under a heavy cloud after another rout this
week as U.S. political uncertainty added to heightened concerns
over slowing global economic momentum.
Asian equities were shaky on Wednesday following the plunge
in Wall Street on Christmas eve in the face of a series of
unnerving U.S. political developments, including a U.S. federal
government shutdown and President Donald Trump’s increasingly
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Bayer Sets Growth Targets Through 2022; Aims To Grow Sales By 4-5% Annually

The Bayer Group (BAYZF.PK, BAYRY.PK, BYR.L) announced the company aims to significantly enhance its performance in the coming years and has set itself ambitious growth and margin targets through 2022. The company is targeting sales growth of approximately 4 percent next year and an annual average of 4 to 5 percent in the following years through 2022, based on constant foreign exchange rates. This corresponds to an increase in sales from an anticipated 44.6 billion euros (pro forma) in 2018 to around 46 billion euros in 2019 and to approximately 52 billion euros in 2022.
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120% Lino Eyes International Growth With Made in Italy Fund

MILAN — Italian label 120% Lino, which is focused on the production of men’s and women’s collections crafted from linen, is going through a re-branding phase aimed at boosting the company’s international business.
Founded in the Eighties by Italian entrepreneur Alberto Peretto, 120% Lino was acquired this fall by private equity Made in Italy Fund, which holds 70 percent of the brand. The remaining 30 percent is still in the hands of Peretto, who also oversees the label’s creative team.
“We decided to acquire 120% Lino because we were intrigued by the fact that it is deeply focused on a single material,” said 120% Lino chief executive officer Mauro Grange, who is among the partners of Made in Italy Fund, a private equity controlled by Q Group and Pambianco. “We also appreciated that the brand was already well-positioned on the international markets with its own retail network.”
Distributed in the affordable luxury segment, 120% Lino already operates two stores in Milan and five stores in Florida. “In the U.S., which accounts for 40 percent of the company’s business, the brand is extremely well-positioned and its perception is very high.”
According to Grange, the U.S. will continue to be a point of reference for the brand, which expects

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Economic growth will top 3% again next year, Trump advisor Hassett says

U.S. economic growth will defy expectations again in 2019 thanks to a business investment boom and President Donald Trump's trade strategy, White House economic advisor Kevin Hassett said Wednesday.
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Abercrombie & Fitch On Track To Deliver Top-line Growth For FY18 – Quick Facts

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) announced, for fiscal 2018, the company expects: net sales to be up in the range of 2% to 4%, including the adverse effect from the loss of fiscal 2017’s 53rd week of approximately $ 40 million, partially offset by a benefit from foreign currency exchange rates of approximately $ 10 million. Comparable sales are to be up in the range of 2% to 4%. The company projects gross profit rate to be up slightly from the fiscal 2017 rate of 59.7%.
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Johnny Was Continues Growth Push With Swim

Johnny Was has launched into swim in a move outlined a little over a year ago by its chief executive officer, who is looking to grow the business through new categories and store expansion.
Private equity firm Endeavour Capital a little more than three years ago invested in the business, which was founded in 1987, with the new capital fueling this latest growth strategy.
The latest example of this is Friday’s launch of swimwear for resort 2019. The offering will be rolled out to some 150 specialty stores in addition to Neiman Marcus, which is serving as the exclusive luxury major partner for the launch.
The 25-piece collection, which is being produced in-house rather than through a licensing firm, offers sizes up to 3X. That’s the same ceiling as the ready-to-wear line. Retail pricing ranges from $ 88 to $ 298.
The extension into swim was an obvious one for the brand, which has built a business around color, print and embroidery, said vice president of wholesale sales and merchandising Meg Doepke.
“Our customers have been asking us to do that for years and we did see a void in the market for colorful, flattering swimwear that fits real women, but doesn’t look too matronly,” Doepke went

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Trade tariffs, higher interest rates are slowing global economic growth, OECD says

Amid prolonged trade disputes and rising interest rates, the global economy will continue to slow down next year, according to the OECD's latest forecasts. But the Paris-based group doesn't see a recession on the horizon. 
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Nordstrom shares slide amid weak sales growth

Shoppers love Nordstrom — as long as they get a deal. The upscale department store posted anemic sales growth of 0.4 percent at its full-price stores while sales at its discount chain, Nordstrom Rack, shot up 5.8 percent in the third quarter. Nordstrom’s overall comparable sales growth of 2.3 percent was just shy of Wall…
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Uber posts $1B quarterly loss as bookings growth slows

Uber Technologies said on Wednesday that growth in bookings for its ride-hailing and delivery services rose 6 percent in the latest quarter, the third quarter in a row that growth has remained in the single digits after double-digit growth for all of last year. The San Francisco-based firm lost $ 1.07 billion for the three months…
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Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged, Notes Slowdown In Business Investment Growth

After raising rates by a quarter point at its previous meeting, the Federal Reserve announced its widely anticipated decision to leave interest rates unchanged following a two-day meeting ending on Thursday. The Fed decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 2 to 2.25 percent.
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China says must balance stable growth and risk prevention

China must balance the need for stable growth while managing risks and maintain a prudent and neutral monetary policy, the State Council, the country’s cabinet, said on Sunday following a meeting of top economic and financial policymakers.


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Netflix posts huge gains as subscriber growth soars

Popular returning series like “Marvel’s Luke Cage” and an influx of new international content helped Netflix smash Wall Street’s third-quarter earnings and subscriber growth expectations. The streaming behemoth said Tuesday that its subscriber base grew by nearly 7 million in the quarter, led by the addition of 5.9 million new users abroad. Netflix, which expects…
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Frederic de Narp Talks Growth, Brand Strategy in Tokyo

TOKYO — Bally launched its latest artist collaboration at its flagship in Ginza here on Wednesday, unveiling a series of limited-edition products while hosting the opening of an exhibition by London-based street artist Shok-1. The project is the second in a series of artist collaborations curated by music producer Kasseem Dean, who goes by the name Swizz Beatz.
Frédéric de Narp, chief executive officer of the Swiss brand, began his career in Japan and still retains a high level of admiration for the country and its culture. He said that his decision to have a creative collective — rather than a single creative director — head Bally’s design activities was inspired by the country he once called home.
“This creative collective mindset, for me, was born in Japan. This is what I wanted to learn from the Japanese culture, what belongs to the Japanese culture, and what the Japanese are the best at,” he said. “This sort of respect and working together as a group, it’s a cliché, but it is true. And it’s not a fact of a one-woman show or a one-man show. It’s a fact of a group, and I believe in this, especially for a brand that has

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Tech stocks prop up Wall Street amid global growth worries

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq rose for the first time in four days on Tuesday, boosted by a rebound in technology stocks, but gains were kept in check after the International Monetary Fund said the Sino-U.S. trade war would slow global growth.


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Gucci boss reassures staff over looming era of slower growth

The head of Gucci has reassured shop staff over a looming slowdown in the pace of sales growth after a revenue explosion at the Kering -owned label, according to an internal video message seen by Reuters.


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