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SYDNEY, Jan 30 AAP
January 30 2013, 08:01AM
A roundup of news in finance, economics and business from around the world:
MADRID - The regional government of Catalonia on Tuesday formally requested nine billion euros ($A11.71 billion) from a rescue fund created by Spain to save its financially beleaguered regions.
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve has opened its first meeting of the year amid speculation the central bank could move faster than expected to tighten monetary policy this year.
NEW DELHI - India's central bank has cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 7.75 per cent.
MADRID - International tourist arrivals have exceeded one billion for the first time, a UN body says.
BRUSSELS - Belgian police have fired tear gas and water cannon at ArcelorMittal workers who hurled paving stones and iron bolts across barriers during a tense protest in southern Namur, marking an escalation of their battle to save their jobs.
NEW YORK - The world's biggest pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has reported a big jump in fourth-quarter earnings as cost-cutting efforts plus a gain from an asset sale helped offset the loss of exclusivity of a blockbuster cholesterol drug.
DEARBORN - Ford has earnt better-than-expected profits in 2012 as record results in North America trumped losses in Europe. It will have to do even better at home this year as the losses in Europe mount.
NEW YORK - Restaurant reservations site OpenTable says it is buying Foodspotting, a mobile app for finding and sharing photos of food, for about $US10 million ($A9.65 million) to help it personalise its service.
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's federal government and officials from the central state of Queretaro have signed an agreement to build a high-speed rail system, Communications and Transportation Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said.
LONDON - Global oil prices have hit multi-month highs on the back of the weaker US dollar and on the eve of a key monetary policy announcement in top crude consumer the United States, dealers said.
SYDNEY - The Australian dollar is higher after international investors welcomed news of a surge in domestic business confidence.
SYDNEY - The Australian market looks set to open flat following a mixed performance on Wall Street ahead of consumer confidence and housing data and in anticipation of a US Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting.
CANBERRA - Consumers appear to be more comfortable about borrowing money but there's still reluctance about taking on a home loan, new data suggests.