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LISBON adidas pure boost x uk , Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Portugal's Christmas season has kicked off with a hint of hope as figures released by Portugal's National Institute of Statistics (INE) on Thursday show the country's purchasing power increased slightly by four percentage points in 2013.

Portugal's GDP per capita reached 79 percent of the EU average in 2013 from 76 percent in 2012.

The slight improvement is due to practically zero inflation, and to the GDP per capita rise in current assets, the INE said.

The figures come as the Portuguese economy slowly picks up, with consumer confidence in October rising to its highest point in 12 years.

However adidas ultra boost uncaged black uk , the country's GDP per capita is still around 21 percent below the EU average, the INE said.

Though the economy seems to be slowly improving, Portugal has been battered by three years of harsh austerity implemented under its 78-billion-euro bailout program which it signed with the troika of international lenders -- the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank in May 2011.

During the period from 2008 to 2013 adidas ultra boost uncaged uk , Portugal's living standards worsened considerably due to tax hikes and spending cuts, with unemployment hitting around 16.3 percent in 2013.

The country still has to implement a strict budgetary policy next year in order to lower its debt which currently stands at around 129 percent.

The center-right government has been easing fiscal consolidation but the troika says the pace of reforms is too slow to get the economy back on track and is pushing for more discipline and focus on export-led growth, which the Central Bank expects to raise by 4.2 percent next year.

Though unemployment is slowly dropping, the International Monetary Fund only recently emphasized that the unemployment rate is still at "historically unprecedented levels" and opposition parties attribute the lower unemployment rate to emigration and seasonal jobs.

The Bank of Portugal expects the Portuguese economy to grow 1.5 percent next year. Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has made it a "point of honor" to cut the deficit to 2.7 percent next year.

Troika's pressure on the Portuguese government to meet its targets came as the country enters election year adidas ultra boost 3.0 uk , with the Socialists gaining broad support as reflected in recent polls, in large part due to their anti-austerity stance which critics say is not feasible.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- A Malaysian government official has said that the government is mulling a new halal logo proposed by two economic organizations to denote products made by Muslims.

Othman Mustapha, director-general of Department of Islamic Development Malaysia, warned that the new logo could be unlawful unless they are certified by existing regulatory authorities, according to a Tuesday report from Oriental Daily.

Othman also said he would seek further clarification from the Malaysia Institute of International Islamic Cooperation and the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) on their intentions to issue the new halal logo.

An earlier report from Malaysia's state news agency Bernama quoted Zahidi Zainul Abidin, chairman of RISDA as saying the new logo is to distinguish products that were produced by Muslims against that of non-Muslims and help Muslim entrepreneurs make forays into the halal markets locally and abroad.

Halal refers mostly to food products, but is also applicable to cosmetics and other consumer goods since they may contain animal-derived products. Halal logos can also be seen in food premises and slaughter houses in Malaysia.

According to the United States Halal Associations, over 1.6 billion or about 25 percent of the world population are Muslims while the global halal market is estimated to be worth more than 632 billion U.S. dollars a year.

Malaysia also launched its first carrier compliant with Islamic laws in last December, Rayani Air, but its operations were suspended in April.

QINGDAO, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will come to Qingdao, east China adidas nmd city sock uk , from March 10 to March 20, and a series of sports and cultural activities will be held, said officials of local sports bureau on Thursday.

Twelve Clipper yachts are expected to arrive in Qingdao from March 10 to March 13, and local organizing committee will have a Chinese-featured welcome ceremony for each yacht adidas nmd xr1 mens white uk , said Liu Min, an official of local sports bureau.

Clipper sailors will have a football match against local sports journalists, and the organizing committee will collect photos and articles about Qingdao from clippers sailors, Liu Min said.

Sailors will also communicate with local citizens and students adidas nmd xr1 uk sale , Liu added.

All 12 Clipper yachts will cruise along Qingdao's coastline and citizens could enjoy a spectacular scene on the shore.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, held every two years, is the largest amateur yacht race in the world. Starting from London on August 30 last year, the 2015-16 Clipper Race consists of 14 races on eight legs with a total route length of about 40 adidas nmd xr1 uk ,000 nautical miles.

As the venue of the sailing events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Qingdao has organized five leg events in a row since 2006.

Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo celebrates winning the Czech Republic Grand Prix on August 16. Photo: IC

Championship leader Valentino Rossi and Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo will be on one of their most successful circuits in San Marino on Sunday, the 13th of 18 MotoGP races in 2015.

Rossi, who has finished on the podium in every race this season and brilliantly mastered the wet conditions to win at the most recent British GP adidas nmd xr4 uk , resides just 20 minutes away from the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and has often tasted glory on what he describes as a "home" race.

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