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The Japanese government downgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time since November 2012. In its monthly report released Thursday, the Cabinet Office said the Japanese economy is on a moderate recovery trend, while some weak movements are seen lately due to a reaction after a last-minute...

A measure signaling turning points in India's economic cycles rose in March, after a decline in the previous month, the Conference Board said Thursday. The think tank's leading economic index for India rose 0.2 percent monthly in March, following a 0.4 percent fall in February. In January, the index...

The Bank of Japan upgraded its economic view of one region and maintained the assessment on eight other regions. In January, the bank raised its assessment for five regions and left its view on four regions unchanged. Compared to January, bank's assessments on eight local economies regarding the...

Confidence among Japan households declined to the lowest since August 2011, a monthly survey data from the Cabinet Office showed Thursday. The consumer sentiment index fell to seasonally adjusted 37.5 in March from 38.5 in February. The survey was conducted on March 15. Among sub-components, the...

The Bank of Japan will adjust its monetary policy when needed, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Thursday. The bank will continue with quantitative and qualitative easing to achieve the price stability target of 2 percent, he said in a speech to a quarterly meeting of branch managers. Kuroda said the...

Singapore's non-oil domestic exports declined in March due to a fall in demand for both electronic and non-electronic shipments, the International Enterprise Singapore said Thursday. Non-oil domestic exports fell 6.6 percent year-on-year in March, reversing the 8.9 percent increase in February. On...

The total number of new motor vehicle sales in Australia was down a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent on month in March, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday, coming in at 92,168. That follows the 0.1 percent increase in February. By category, sales of passenger and other vehicles...

Producer prices in South Korea were flat on month in March, the Bank of Korea said on Thursday, following the upwardly revised 0.1 percent increase in February. Among the individual components, prices for agricultural, forestry and marine products were up 0.3 percent on month, while services added...

Singapore will on Thursday release March figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In February, imports were worth SGD36.10 billion and exports were at SGD40.39 billion for a trade surplus of SGD4.29 billion. Japan will see March...

Malaysia consumer price inflation held steady at 3.5 percent in February, data from the Department of Statistics showed Wednesday. Cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages advanced 3.9 percent, while clothing and footwear dipped 0.1 percent. Housing and other utility cost moved up 3.6 percent and...

Japan's industrial production declined as estimated in February, final data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed Wednesday. Industrial production was down 2.3 percent month-on-month in February, in line with preliminary estimate. On a yearly basis, output plunged 7 percent. The...

chinatrade-041111.jpg China's gross domestic product gained 7.4 percent on year in the first quarter of 2014, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That topped expectations for 7.3 percent following the 7.7 percent gain in the previous three months. Among the sub-industries, primary industry added 3.5 percent on year, while secondary industry jumped 7.3 percent and tertiary industry climbed 7.8 percent.

China's gross domestic product expanded 7.4 percent on year in the first quarter of 2014, the government said on Wednesday. That topped expectations for 7.3 percent following the 7.7 percent gain in the previous three months. On a seasonally adjusted quarterly basis, GDP added 1.4 percent - shy...

A leading index for Australia's economy was basically unchanged in March, the latest survey from Westpac Bank and the Melbourne Institute revealed on Wednesday - showing a score of 98.38. That's barely lower than the 98.41 in February, which saw a 0.1 percent contraction. The index also remains below...

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg Consumer prices in New Zealand gained 0.3 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2014, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday. That was shy of forecasts for 0.5 percent, and it accelerated from the 0.1 percent gain in the previous three months. Cigarette and tobacco prices were responsible...