TRADING OFF: Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange when Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped a modest 32 points, after Federal Reserve's interest rate decision. (John Moore, AFP).
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Asian markets have extended their recent uptrend after US data showed the world's top economy grew much more than expected in the second quarter.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq have ended higher after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed that it is in no hurry to raise interest rates.
Oil prices have tumbled further in Asia as concerns eased that fresh Western sanctions on Russia would have an immediate impact on global oil supplies.
Faced with snaking queues at immigration and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports.
The rand has notched its third straight daily loss against the dollar, hitting a week-long low as investors gravitated towards the greenback.
Chinese retailers are tapping local taste with, among others, green-tea flavoured toothpaste to whittle away market share from global rivals.
The Shanghai Husi scandal has exposed weaknesses in foreign brands' ability to police their supply chains, a report says.
Oil prices have diverged as dealers awaited key US data, including the latest stockpiles report, for clues about demand in the world's top crude consumer.