TOKYO - Japanese stocks jumped more than 5 percent and the yen skidded to nearly seven-year lows against the dollar on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised markets with fresh easing steps that it called a pre-emptive move to stoke inflation.
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SEOUL - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled two new mid-tier handsets with a premium design as it prepared to deliver a riposte to its low-priced Chinese rivals and reclaim its title as the top brand in the world's biggest smartphone market.
TOKYO - Japan's Sony Corp reported a second-quarter operating loss on Friday that was narrower than analysts had estimated, as blockbuster sales of its PlayStation 4 games console reduced the impact of a sluggish smartphone division.
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