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  UK inflation reaches a new high
Mar , 20 , 2013  
  Inflation in the UK rose to a nine-month high in February. On a monthly basis, consumer price inflation climbed 2.8% in February vis-à-vis 2.7% in January. On an annual basis, the figure was up 0.7%. The rise in inflation came in line with market expectations.
 

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  Eurozone construction sector declines
Mar , 20 , 2013  
  Construction output in the Eurozone fell 1.4% MoM in January after rising 0.3% MoM the previous month. The building construction and civil engineering segments contracted 1.0% MoM and 3.2% MoM, respectively. On an annual basis, construction output declined 7.3% in January, steeper than the 4.6% fall seen during the previous month.
 

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  Building permits climb 4.6% in February
Mar , 20 , 2013  
  Building permits in the US rose 4.6% to an annual rate of 946,000 in February from the revised rate of 904,000 in January. The market forecasted the annual rate of building permits to remain unchanged from the originally reported figure of 925,000 in January.
 

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  US housing starts rise 0.8% in February
Mar , 20 , 2013  
  Housing starts in the US moved up 0.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000 in February from the revised figure of 910,000 in January. The market expected housing starts to rise to an annual rate of 915,000 from the originally reported figure of 890,000.
 

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  Drake & Scull International bags AED369mn contracts
Mar , 20 , 2013  
  Drake & Scull International received contracts worth AED369mn: a AED287mn contract from Saudi Arabia-based Al Rajhi Bank to construct banking facilities in Riyadh and a AED82mn contract to build a government utility project in Abu Dhabi.
 

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  Saudi Arabian Mining Company enters into phosphate plant deal
Mar , 20 , 2013  
  Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) entered into a SAR26bn agreement with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and US-based Mosaic Company to construct a phosphate production facility in Saudi Arabia. Ma’aden would have 60% stake in the plant, while SABIC and Mosaic would hold 15% and 25%, respectively.
 

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  Gold rises above USD1,600 on Eurozone concerns
Mar , 19 , 2013  
  Gold futures gained for the third consecutive day with concerns over the Eurozone economy escalated by the latest bailout agreement for Cyprus. Gold futures for delivery in April gained USD12.00, or 08%, to end at USD1,604.60 an ounce on the NYMEX.
 

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  US crude oil settles higher despite dampening news from Cyprus
Mar , 19 , 2013  
  US crude oil rose unexpectedly at the end of the session after declining on some sentiment-dampening news about Cyprus’s bailout agreement. Light Sweet Crude Oil futures for April delivery edged up USD0.29, or 0.3%, to end at USD93.74 a barrel on the NYMEX.
 

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  China’s FDI rises for the first time in nine months
Mar , 19 , 2013  
  Foreign direct investments (FDI) in China rose for the first time in nine months in February, signaling signs of improvement. Inbound investment grew 6.3% YoY to USD8.2bn. Meanwhile, non-financial outbound investment in the first two months of 2013 rose 147% to USD18.4bn.
 

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  Italy’s trade deficit narrows significantly in January
Mar , 19 , 2013  
  Italy's merchandise trade deficit narrowed steeply (on an annual basis) in January due to a significant increase in exports and a decline in imports. The trade deficit came in at EUR1.6bn in January compared with EUR4.6bn a year earlier. During the month, exports of goods increased 8.7% YoY to EUR29.8bn, while imports declined 1.8% YoY to EUR31.4bn.
 

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