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Japan has been struggling to reverse a deflationary spiral of falling prices and lacklustre growth but October's data mark eight straight months of declines -- the longest streak since 2011 (AFP Photo/Yoshikazu Tsuno) / MANILA BULLETIN

Japan suffers longest consumer price fall since 2011

By Agence France-Presse Japan's consumer prices fell in October, government data showed Friday, extending the longest string of declines in five years and underscoring its…

FILE - In this July 28, 2016, file photo, the Galaxy Note 7, foreground, is displayed in New York. In a statement issued Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said owners of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones should turn them off and stop using them because of the risk that their batteries can explode. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) |

Smartphone users up 25% to 32.5 M

By Emmie V. Abadilla About half of Smart Communications Inc.’s 65 million subscribers, or 32.5 million, now use smartphones and the telco registered a 25…

Alfonso G. Cusi

DOE to complete Nov. 15 brownout probe soon

By Myrna M. Velasco Department of Energy (DOE) secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said he will “cut fingers” if the parties involved in the November 15…