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. RTT – Economic News
Overall inflation in the Tokyo region was up 0.9 percent on year in March, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday – in line with expectations and unchanged from the previous month. RTT – Economic News
Confidence among Japan’s big firms remained unchanged from three months ago, a closely-watched central bank survey showed, but sentiment on the outlook soured for the first time in three quarters as trade frictions and global growth concerns hurt the business mood.
The festive season is well and truly here: the trees are all up, the lights have switched on and for Prince William, the time has finally arrived to bust out a couple of Christmas jokes. The Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton were recently in Cyprus to visit an RAF base, where the Duchess arrived in a chic yet casual outfit. While most of us were out yass queen-ing over her wide legged trousers and blazer combo, Prince William on the other hand was cracking wise about her CEO-chic look.
According to Hello!, the pair visited RAF Akrotiri for a brief visit to meet with servicemen and women who would be separated from their family during the holidays. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly ‘handed out the presents from some of the families’ to RAF personnel and later withdrew for a quick photo opp by a charmingly decorated Christmas tree. While there however, he was caught making a joke at Kate’s expense.
As they posed by the green and white Christmas tree, he noted that Kate and the tree were twinning. According to Harper’s Bazaar, he joked, ‘My wife’s camouflaged against the tree.’
He continued the joke and even offered to step out of the picture, asking photographers, ‘Do you want me to move out of the photo?’
Honestly, kind of. But only because the Duchess’ outfit deserved an #OOTD of its own, since we’re still obsessed with it. The look was a vast change from her intricate Jenny Packham gown at the Queen’s Diplomatic Reception earlier this week, as it was a much more laidback (but no less sophisticated) look. She turned to one of her favourite fashion designers Smythe for her Duchess Blazer, an L.K. Bennett clutch and diamond hoop earrings by Asprey.
Kate also drew the attention of the internet for her glorious navy wide-legged trousers, which many pointed out could be a sign Meghan Markle’s style is rubbing off on the royal. Markle was photographed at Wimbledon earlier this year wearing white trousers in a similar style. It was a pretty memorable style moment for the royal, if only because we couldn’t imagine keeping them as pristine as the Duchess did.
We’re personally loving Kate’s more casual looks recently, as it feels like a new shift in Kate Middleton’s style evolution. For instance, she brought the festive joy in a bright red tartan skirt to meet Santa Claus which we instantly fell in love with.
To our knowledge, Prince William didn’t crack any jokes about her outfit then but they were photographed looking super adorable as they were pelted with fake snow.
Romania’s central bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, as it expects inflation to fall within its target in the coming months. The board of the National Bank of Romania left its monetary policy rate unchanged at 2.50 percent, in line with economists’ expectations. The bank kept its deposit facility rate at 1.50 percent and the lending facility rate at 3.50 percent. RTT – Economic News