Japanese Workers Unleash Their Inner Slacker---for a Day

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Premium Friday’s goal is to improve productivity, reduce employee overwork and increase consumption. But will Japanese people take the bait?

World Trade Flows Grew at Slowest Pace since Financial Crisis in 2016

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International trade flows grew at the slowest pace since the financial crisis in 2016, but there were signs of a modest pickup as the year drew to a close.

U.S. New-Home Sales Rose 3.7% in January

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New home sales rebounded in January after a steep decline in December, an indication that the new-construction market remains on the path to recovery despite bumps along the way.

Cheap Flights to Europe: Bad for Airlines' Fat Margins

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The entry of long-haul, low-cost carriers like Norwegian Air to the trans-Atlantic market is upending a profitable patch for the likes of American, Delta and IAG-owned British Airways.

U.S. Consumer Sentiment Falls But Remains Near Decadelong High

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A gauge of consumer sentiment fell slightly in February, but remained near a decadelong high, as self-identified Republicans and Independents remain confident in the economy after the election of Donald Trump.

GM, Tech Industry at Loggerheads Over Self-Driving Cars

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General Motors is backing legislation in numerous states that tech companies say is designed to put them at a disadvantage in the nascent market for autonomous vehicles. GM denies the claim.

Stocks are Frothy, but There's No Bubble

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Stocks have soared but except for valuation there are few signs of a bubble. That doesn’t mean the market can’t fall.

Michael Levine Helped End Regulation of Airfares in the U.S.

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Michael Levine was a top official at the Civil Aeronautics Board in the late 1970s and helped phase out that regulatory body as airfares were deregulated. He died Feb. 3 at the age of 75.

Why Chinese Men Are Dying

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Mortality rates among Chinese men aged 41 to 60, who account for nearly three-quarters of the working-age population, increased by 12% over the past decade.

Standard Chartered and HSBC: Small Dividends From Rising Rates

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Both banks are struggling for growth; interest rates will only help a little.

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