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Taiwan's central bank held its key interest rate steady on Thursday, after four successive reductions, citing moderate global growth and renewed growth momentum in the domestic economy amid a mild inflation outlook. The Board of the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) left the benchmark...

Singapore's producer prices decreased further in August, though at a slower pace than in the previous month, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Thursday. The manufactured products prices index fell 7.5 percent year-over-year in August, following a 9.2 percent decline in July. The measure...

Job vacancies in Australia increased in the three months ended in August, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed Thursday. Total Job vacancies rose a seasonally adjusted 4.6 percent in the three-month period to August. This follows a 2.1 percent decrease in the previous three-month...

Retail sales in Japan were down 1.1 percent on month in August, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Thursday. That missed forecasts for a decline of 0.8 percent following the upwardly revised 1.5 percent increase in July (originally 1.4 percent). On a yearly basis, retail sales...

Consumer confidence in South Korea continued to advance in September, albeit at a slightly slower rate, the latest survey from the Bank of Korea showed on Thursday with an index score of 101.7. That's down slightly from 101.8 in August, although it remains well above the threshold of 100 that separates...

Japan will on Thursday release August figures for retail sales, highlighting a light day in Asia-Pacific economic news. Retail sales are expected to fall 0.8 percent on month and 1.7 percent on year after gaining 1.4 percent on month and slipping 0.2 percent on year in July. Large retailer sales are...

Japan's small business confidence improved more than expected in September, survey figures released by the Shoko Chukin Bank revealed Wednesday. The small business sentiment indicator climbed to 47.7 in September from 46.3 in the prior month. The reading stayed above the expected level of 47. Respondents...

Japan will on Wednesday see September results for its small business confidence index, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The index is expected to show a score of 47.0, up from 46.3 in August.

Emerging markets have emerged as significant source of spillovers that shape the global economic outlook and non-economic shocks are also playing a key role, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Tuesday. "Possible bumps around China's transition count among the risks to the global...

wto-092716.jpg The World Trade Organization downgraded its outlook for global trade, signaling that trade is set to grow at a slower pace than the world GDP growth for the first time in 15 years. The Geneva-based WTO forecast world trade to expand only 1.7 percent this year instead of 2.8 percent projected in April.

Hong Kong's exports increased unexpectedly in August, after falling in the previous two months, figures from the Census and Statistics Department showed Tuesday. The value of total exports rose 0.8 percent year-over-year in August, reversing a 5.1 percent decline in July. Economists had expected a...

ADB-092716.jpg Developing Asia is set to grow robustly, underpinned by the strong performance by China and India, despite external pressures, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday as it retained its growth projection for the region. Gross domestic product of developing Asia is forecast to grow 5.7 percent each in 2016 and 2017, as estimated in March, the Manila-based lender said.

China's industrial profits grew markedly in August from a year ago, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Tuesday. Profits earned by large firms in China surged 19.5 percent year-over-year to CNY 534.8 billion in August, faster than the 11.0 percent climb in July. During the first...

Corporate service prices in Japan were up 0.2 percent on year in August, the Bank of Japan said on Tuesday. That was shy of forecasts for 0.3 percent, which would have been unchanged following the downward revision from 0.4 percent. On a monthly basis, prices were down 0.3 percent after climbing...

The Bank of Japan will on Tuesday release the minutes from its monetary policy meeting on July 28 and 29, highlighting a modest day in Asia-Pacific economic action. At the meeting, board decided to hold its target of raising the monetary base at an annual pace of about JPY 80 trillion. Also, the board...

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