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Asian business confidence wallows near 3-year low on trade war worries

The dispute between the world's two biggest economies, threatens businesses throughout the region due to global value chains

Reuters 

A very cautious optimism remains among Asian companies in the fourth quarter as they wait to see whether there will be any breakthrough in a trade dispute between the United States and China, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed. Representing the six-month outlook of 84 firms, the Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index edged up to 63 in the October-December quarter, slightly above a near three-year low of 58 seen in the previous period. Anything above 50 indicates a positive outlook. But the latest result still marks one of the lowest readings since a rout in ...

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First Published: Wed, December 19 2018. 13:16 IST
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