• This picture taken on November 17, 2014 show a woman working in a factory in Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu province. Growth in foreign investment into China slowed in October, the government said on November 18, 2014, amid a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy and concerns over business risks.

    Activity in some of China's factories and workshops hit a six month low in November, a fresh survey has shown.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 20, 2014, 2:15 AM EST
  • Customers check clothes at an apparel shop in Tokyo on November 17, 2014. Japan's economy sank into recession in the third quarter, making it almost inevitable that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay a fresh sales tax hike and call snap elections to reinvigorate his power against party rivals.

    Gross domestic product fell at annualized 1.6% from July to September, compared to forecasts of a 2.1% rise.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 17, 2014, 1:59 AM EST
  • A man looks at DVD's at a shop in Akihabara, Electric Town on May 20, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Akihabara gained the nickname Akihabara Electric Town after World War II as it became a mecca for household electronic goods.

    Revised growth figures for the January-to-March period, due to stronger growth in business investment.

    LAST UPDATE : Jun 09, 2014, 2:18 AM EDT
  • People walk through a shopping street front of the station on March 28, 2014 in Himeji, Japan.

    Retail sales grew at the fastest pace in 17 years as consumers rushed to make purchases ahead of the sales tax hike in April.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 28, 2014, 1:59 AM EDT