A string of powerful typhoons that
struck Japan has left scars on the country's non-life insurers,
with industry giants likely forced to pay a combined $8 billion
in insurance payments in the current fiscal year that ends in
The top 200 Chinese companies
spanning consumer, technology, industrial, property and
financial industries reported September quarter earnings well
ahead of market expectations, setting them up for a strong
showing next year, analysts said.
Norway's consumer confidence fell
to 13.4 points in the fourth quarter on a seasonally adjusted
basis from a revised 15.0 points in the third, a survey by lobby
group Finance Norway (FNO) showed on Tuesday.