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South Korea will on Thursday see an advance estimate for Q2 GDP, highlighting a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. Gross domestic product is expected to add 0.1 percent on quarter and 3.3 percent on year following the 0.9 percent quarterly increase and the 3.9 percent yearly gain in the previous...

Australia's mid-size businesses expect challenges in maintaining cash flow over short to mid term, mainly due to operating costs, results of a Bankwest survey showed Wednesday. That said, the majority of mid-size businesses were optimistic about business growth over the next five years, the second...

Taiwan's commercial sales rose at a faster pace in June, exceeding consensus estimate, a report from the Ministry of Economic Affairs revealed Wednesday. Commercial sales rose 4.1 percent year-over-year in June, following a slower 4 percent increase in May. This topped expectations for a 4 percent...

Taiwan's industrial production grew for the fifth consecutive month in June and at a faster-than-expected rate, preliminary figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Wednesday. Production climbed 8.63 percent year-on-year in June, which was faster than the 5.42 percent increase in May and...

Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Philip Lowe said the bank plans to sign a deal with Chinese authorities on RMB clearing bank over the coming months. Although current facilities are helping to make and receive cross-border payments, the official RMB clearing banks will provide more direct...

Singapore's consumer price inflation slowed more-than-expected in June from a 14-month high, data showed Wednesday. Inflation eased to 1.8 percent in June from a 14-month high of 2.7 percent seen in May, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Monetary Authority of Singapore reported. Economists had...

The quantitative and qualitative monetary easing, or QQE, policy introduced by the Bank of Japan, or BOJ, to reach target inflation rates has been having its intended effects, BOJ Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso said in his speech on Wednesday. Speaking at a meeting with business leaders in Shizuoka,...

retail-090312.jpg Consumer prices in Australia climbed 3.0 percent on year in the second quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That was in line with expectations and up from 2.9 percent in the first quarter. Among the individual components of the survey, prices for alcohol and tobacco...

Consumer prices in Australia were up 3.0 percent on year in the second quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That was in line with expectations and up from 2.9 percent in the first quarter. On a quarterly basis, inflation added 0.5 percent - also matching forecasts...

Australia will on Wednesday release Q2 numbers for consumer prices, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Inflation is expected to rise 3.0 percent on year and 0.5 percent on quarter after adding 2.9 percent on year and 0.6 percent on quarter in the previous three months. Singapore...

China's central bank on Tuesday refrained from absorbing liquidity ahead of several initial public offerings. The People's Bank of China suspended the operation as it will again increase money market rates and strain availability of funds ahead of the upcoming 11 initial public offerings and tax payment...

Global consumer confidence increased in the second quarter to reach the highest levels since the first quarter in 2007 as job optimism improved, results of a survey by Nielsen showed Tuesday. The Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index rose a point from the previous quarter to 97 in the second quarter....

Japan's government on Tuesday downgraded growth outlook for the fiscal year 2014, citing weak exports and subdued demand after the sales tax hike in April. The Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, the top advisory panel, said the real gross domestic product will grow 1.2 percent in the fiscal year...

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Grant Spencer said the bank is committed to deliver a world-class financial sector regulatory framework. At the NZ Bankers' Association, Spencer said it is a sound practice to review any regulatory regime from time to time, especially when it has been subject...

Japan's leading index declined more than estimated in May to the lowest since early 2013, final data from Cabinet Office showed Tuesday. The leading index fell to 104.8 in May from 106.5 in April. The score was revised down from 105.7. The latest reading was the lowest since January 2013, when the...