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Global stocks mixed ... Women show economic power ... UK treasury chief's budget to offer cautious approach

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2017 at 4:40 a.m.



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BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed today after Wall Street fell for a second day. In early trading, Germany's DAX shed 0.2 percent, France's CAC 40 lost 0.2 percent and London's FTSE 100 was little changed. On Wall Street, the future for the Dow Jones industrial average is unchanged and that for the S & P 500 rose 0.1 percent.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Women are being encouraged today to not spend money and take the day off from work, in an effort to show their economic strength and impact on American society. The organizers of January's Women's March have organized today's "A Day Without a Woman." Millions turned out in January for the nationwide marches held the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration.

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief is set to deliver an upbeat message today as he unveils a cautious budget meant to help the country bolster resources as it faces the uncertainty of leaving the European Union. Philip Hammond says his plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year will lay the foundations for a "stronger, fairer, better Britain" outside the EU. The caution comes despite an improvement in the government's finances. Hammond says Britain is still 1.7 trillion pounds in debt.

BEIJING (AP) — China's imports and exports grew in the first two months of this year after weakening toward the end of 2016. Customs data shows today that exports rose 4 percent from a year earlier in January and February to $302.8 billion, rebounding from a 6.1 percent contraction in December. Imports rose 26.4 percent to $260.6 billion, accelerating from December's 3.1 percent growth.

BEIJING (AP) — Volkswagen's main Chinese joint venture is recalling 680,925 Audi vehicles to check and possibly replace a coolant pump it says might become clogged and overheat. The country's product quality agency says the recall applies to Audi A6L, Audi A4L and Audi Q5 vehicles manufactured in China between May 2011 and January 2016. The company also is recalling imported Audi A4 Allroad SUVs and Audi A5s made between November 2011 and November 2013.

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