Corporate bankruptcies across Japan fell in fiscal 2018 to their lowest number since fiscal 1990, when the country was in the final stage of the bubble economy era, according to a private credit research firm.
Sales of imported foreign-brand vehicles in Japan in fiscal 2018 increased 1.2 percent from the previous year to 307,682 units, marking their second-highest level ever, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said on Thursday.
Germany’s current account surplus shrank but remained by far the world’s largest last year due to strong exports, according to data from the Ifo institute on Tuesday that is likely to renew criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fiscal policies.
The Earth experienced its fourth hottest year on record in 2018 as its global surface temperature has risen about one degree Celsius since the 1880s, largely due to increased emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, NASA and NOAA scientists say.
The French economy finished 2018 on a firmer footing than expected even after violent ‘yellow vest’ protests that hit retailers especially, but growth still fell short of the government’s target for the full year.