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Japan index: Trade gap, muted wages raise risks

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By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The Breakingviews Abenomics Index improved for the fourth straight month in December. But it masks two risks. A vanishing current account surplus means relying on foreigners to finance bloated public spending. Besides, struggling wage growth could stall private consumption.

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Japan index: Rising wages, prices add to optimism

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By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The Breakingviews Abenomics Index rose for a third straight month in November, buoyed by increasing consumer prices and improved household earnings. Equity and bond markets remain hopeful that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s war on deflation will move closer to its target in 2014.

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China index: Slowdown looks home-grown

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

China’s economy decelerated further in November, according to Breakingviews’ alternative index. Lower truck sales, steel output and rail freight volumes suggest sluggish demand. House prices and pollution were up, but their contribution is a sign that growth is far from healthy.

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China index: Sober lending, spending slows growth

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Our alternative index shows China’s growth prospects at a four-month low. Lack-luster exports played a part. But the dip also reflected a healthy slow-down in new loans, sales of property and Audis, as well as a sharp fall in luxury liquor stocks.

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Japan index: Risks to GDP growth recede

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By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Breakingviews’ Abenomics Index rose the most in six months in September. The gain would have been higher but for Japan’s unusual current account deficit. Higher revised values for July and August suggest the risk of a significant slowdown in third-quarter GDP growth has ebbed.

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China Index: Waiting for the Party to start

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

The economy held more or less level in September, despite an unexpected drop-off in exports, according to Breakingviews’ alternative growth index. With new leaders set to reveal plans for the next decade at the “third plenum” later this month, the inertia could be short-lived.

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China competition proves hard for Yum to swallow

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By Ethan Bilby

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

China is eating less KFC chicken, and that has hurt sales at the chain’s U.S. owner, Yum Brands. Revenue at the group’s comparable Chinese branches fell 11 percent in the third quarter, year on year. While last year’s fears of antibiotic-laced Zinger Burgers didn’t help, fierce competition has also made the company a less reliable bellwether of Chinese appetites.

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Japan index: markets put speed bump in Abe’s path

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By Andy  Mukherjee

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

For the first time in six months, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic experiment stumbled in May amidst skittish stock and bond markets. But the drop in the Breakingviews Abenomics Index to 93.8, from 94.4 in April, may be temporary as deflation continues to ease.

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China index: Weaker growth on weaker foundations

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By Katrina Hamlin

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own)

China’s economy remains gloomier than this time last year as lower export growth and rail freight volumes make a grim follow-up to poor PMI readings. Sales of property, luxury liquor and posh cars prevent a steeper fall, but these are not the bright spots China needs or wants.

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