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Tough year forecast for North American oil and gas

North America’s oil and gas sector faces regulatory uncertainties, a skills shortage and increased competition for financing in 2014, according to an outlook from Deloitte. 

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US consumer confidence at six-month high at the end of 2013

A US consumer confidence index shows that, as other economic indicators showed signs of recovery in the second half of 2013, so too did consumer confidence, which increased to a six-month high.

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Chinese business confidence hits two-year high

Business confidence in China has risen to its highest level for two years, buoyed by the recently announced reform agenda, according to a survey.

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UK economy too London-centric, warn foreign businesses

An overly London-centric economy reduces the appeal of UK to foreign businesses, say the findings of an investor survey. Six in 10 see the UK regional cities as viable alternatives to London

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New growth plan needed in CEE: McKinsey

A report by global consultancy McKinsey suggests that economies in central and eastern Europe adopt a new growth strategy to reduce the region's reliance on the western European economy.

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US M&A activity set to rise: KPMG survey

Results of a recent survey by professional services firm KPMG show increased appetite for mergers and acquisitions among US companies.

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Mixed news for BRICs in Maplecroft 20-year prediction

Bad news for Brazil and Russia, but India and China are on the up, says risk analyst.

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Thailand posts disappointing GDP growth figures

Despite substantial investments in Thailand’s motor industry in 2013, GDP growth has slipped below 4%.

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Missouri’s auto sector gets boost from Grupo Antolin project

Spanish car parts company’s investment is latest boost for Missouri’s historically strong car manufacturing industry

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Mongolia bets on new FDI rules to restore investor confidence

Hit by declining investor confidence, the Mongolian government has announced reforms to its investment laws and launched an inward investment agency

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