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IMF says Japan needs to stick with fiscal, monetary stimulus

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TOKYO The International Monetary Fund urged Japan to avoid withdrawing fiscal policy stimulus and said monetary policy should be loosened further if risks to the economy materialise, warning of weak consumption that remains vulnerable to external shocks.

German budget committee to discuss Greek compromise deal on Wednesday - sources

BERLIN The budget committee of Germany's Bundestag lower house of parliament will debate the latest compromise deal for Greece and the International Monetary Fund's role in the bailout next Wednesday, parliamentary sources told Reuters on Friday.

Business, 16 Jun 2017

Greece gets credit lifeline, IMF joins bailout

LUXEMBOURG Euro zone governments threw Greece another 11th-hour credit lifeline on Thursday worth $9.5 billion (7.45 billion pounds) and sketched new detail on possible debt relief as the IMF finally offered to help out after two years of hesitation.

Business, 16 Jun 2017

German parliament must decide if Greek deal a fundamental change - Schaeuble

BERLIN The German parliament's budget committee must decide if the bailout plan for Greece agreed by euro zone finance ministers and the IMF on Thursday evening amounts to a significant change to the existing programme, Germany's finance minister said.

Business, 15 Jun 2017

IMF to join Greece bailout, but no funds until debt relief deal - Lagarde

LUXEMBOURG The International Monetary Fund agreed with euro zone finance ministers on Thursday that it will "in principle" join the Greek bailout programme, but a disbursement of funds could happen only after more details on debt relief are known, the IMF chief said.

Business, 15 Jun 2017

Germany's Schaeuble confident on deal on next Greek loan tranche

LUXEMBOURG German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Thursday he was confident that euro zone ministers would agree on a next disbursement of loans to Greece and was hopeful the International Monetary Fund would be on board.

Business, 15 Jun 2017

IMF raises China 2017 growth forecast again, partly due to 'policy support'

BEIJING The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday raised its forecast for China's 2017 economic growth to 6.7 percent, its third increase this year, citing "policy support, especially expansionary credit and public investment".

Business, 14 Jun 2017

Euro zone, IMF eye compromise to unblock loans for Greece

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund are likely to strike a compromise on Greece on Thursday, paving the way for new loans for Athens while leaving the contentious debt relief issue for later, officials said on Monday.

Business, 12 Jun 2017

Euro zone, IMF eye compromise to unblock loans for Greece

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund are likely to strike a compromise on Greece on Thursday, paving the way for new loans for Athens while leaving the contentious debt relief issue for later, officials said on Monday.

Business, 12 Jun 2017

IMF says ECB rate decision reflects diminishing deflation risks

WASHINGTON The International Monetary Fund welcomed a decision by the European Central Bank on Thursday to keep interest rates unchanged, saying the bank's strategy had helped improve credit conditions and support a firm recovery of output.

Business, 08 Jun 2017