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Oman’s economy seems to be in correction mode

Jasim Ali, Special to Gulf News The Omani economy is doing fine in the ongoing environment of continuing socioeconomic challenges. What’s more, multinational agencies are projecting improved performances in the medium-term for the sultanate on the assumption of stronger oil prices. Also, the preliminary projections for 2018 budget assume stronger …

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Iraqi Kurds Offer to Freeze Independence Referendum Results

Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government said it’s prepared to freeze the results of last month’s independence referendum that triggered deadly clashes with government troops and hurt oil exports. The KRG also proposed an immediate ceasefire and talks with the central government in Baghdad “on the basis of the constitution.” “As …

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BHP to quit U.S. shale business as annual profit surges

BHP Billiton (BHP.AX), the world’s largest miner, reported a surge in underlying full-year profits on Tuesday and said it would exit its underperforming U.S. shale oil and gas business, pleasing disgruntled shareholders who had called for a sale. The Anglo-Australian mining giant, which is under pressure from U.S. hedge fund …

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U.S. consumer prices post biggest drop in six years

Reuters – U.S. consumer prices recorded their biggest decline in six years in December and underlying inflation pressures were benign, which could bolster the case for delaying the first interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Friday its Consumer Price Index fell 0.4 percent last …

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World set to end year in brittle economic state

Reuters – The global economy is ending the year in a fragile state with factory activity shrinking in China, euro zone business growth remaining weak, and emerging market giant Russia in a spiraling currency crisis. “These are uncertain times again and there is a risk of another global downturn,” said …

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GCC economies to remain resilient to lower oil prices

By Babu Das Augustine, for Gulf News- Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economies can withstand the pressures resulting from lower oil prices without having to make significant policy adjustments but, if needed, will likely adjust their fiscal policies accordingly, said analysts. “In general, we believe there is greater tolerance for fiscal …

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