Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday that pushing rates further into negative territory was off the table, reflecting both his upbeat inflation outlook and his concerns over the contentious policy measure. The BOJ introduced the measure in January 2016, imposing a 0.1% charge on certain yen deposits. Source: MarketWatch
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The U.K. economy posted its worst performance in a year as the dominant services industry felt the impact of an intensifying squeeze on living standards. Source Bloomberg
The company supplied a record 178.3 Bcm to what it calls the Far Abroad (Europe plus Turkey, excluding members of the former Soviet Union), but reported sales volumes to those countries slipped 1.1% because of lower sales prices. Oil & Gaz 360
Poland has signed its first deal to purchase liquefied natural gas from a U.S. supplier, a step that will help the country’s efforts to cut its dependence on deliveries from Russia, officials said Thursday. Source ABC news