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As businesses hold back, U.S. consumers seen boosting big banks' profits

NEW YORK Consumer lending is expected to propel profits for big U.S. banks when they unveil fourth-quarter results this week, though stress in corporate lending and uneven capital markets may cast a shadow over results. | Video

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PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Jan 13

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CEE MARKETS-Inflation buoys crown, stocks up on US-China deal

老虎机技术打法Central European shares edged up, mirroring a global mode as investors awaited the signing of a Sino-U.S. trade deal later this week, while the Czech crown got a boost from a pick-up in inflation. By 0950 GMT the crown firmed 0.1% to 25.24 to the euro, holding near a 23-month high hit at the start of this year. Other regional currencies were mostly flat, while the forint edged 0.3% down on the day. Czech inflation accelerated in

Greek EU-harmonized inflation picks up to 1.1% in December

Greece's annual EU-harmonised inflation rate accelerated in December, statistics service ELSTAT data showed on Monday. The reading was 1.1% from 0.5% in November. The data also showed that headline consumer price inflation picked up to 0.8% from 0.2% in the previous month. Greece had been in a protracted deflation mode since March 2013 based on its headline index, as wage and pension cuts and a multi-year recession took a heavy toll on household incomes.

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