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Japan's housing starts declined further in September, data from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism showed Friday. Housing starts slid 14.3 percent year-on-year in September after easing 12.5 percent in August. Nonetheless, it was slower than a 17.2 percent decline forecast...

BoJ-103114.jpg The Bank of Japan expanded its massive quantitative and qualitative easing unexpectedly as policymakers assessed it necessary to achieve the 2 percent inflation target even after a sales tax hike in April. In a 5-4 vote, the Policy Board led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda decided to raise the monetary base at an annual pace of about JPY 80 trillion.

Singapore's unemployment edged down unexpectedly in the third quarter, preliminary figures released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) revealed Friday. The overall jobless rate decreased to 1.9 percent quarter-over-quarter in the September quarter from 2 percent in the second quarter. Economists had...

The Bank of Japan expanded its quantitative and qualitative easing unexpectedly on Friday. In a 5-4 vote, the Policy Board decided to raise the monetary base at an annual pace of about JPY 80 trillion. The earlier plan was to increase it by about JPY 60-JPY 70 trillion. The bank will lift purchases...

Taiwan's economy grew at the fastest pace since late 2012 in the third quarter, data released by the Department of Statistics, Directorate General of Budget, Accounting & Statistics revealed Friday. Gross domestic product expanded 3.78 percent from a year ago, compared to the second quarter's 3.74...

trade.jpg Final demand producer prices in Australia advanced 0.2 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Friday - after easing 0.1 percent in the previous three months. The increase was mainly due to rises in the prices received for building construction...

Final demand producer prices in Australia were up 0.2 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Friday - after easing 0.1 percent in the previous three months. The increase was mainly due to rises in the prices received for building construction (+1.0...

japanexports-112510.jpg Consumer prices in Japan added 3.2 percent on year in September, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - below expectations for 3.3 percent, which would have been unchanged from the August reading. Core consumer prices gained 3.0 percent - matching forecasts and down from...

Private sector credit in Australia was up 0.5 percent on month in September, the Bank of Australia said on Friday - above forecasts for a 0.4 percent gain, which would have been unchanged from the August reading. Housing credit was up 0.6 percent on month, the bank said, while personal credit added...

Consumer prices in Japan were up 3.2 percent on year in September, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - below expectations for 3.3 percent, which would have been unchanged from the August reading. Core consumer prices gained 3.0 percent - matching forecasts and down...

The unemployment rate in Japan came in at 3.6 percent in September, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - in line with expectations and up from 3.5 percent in August. The job-to-applicant ratio was 1.09, missing forecasts for 1.10 - which would have been unchanged. The...

The average of household spending in Japan was down 5.6 percent on year in September, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - standing at 275,226 yen. That missed forecasts for a decline of 4.3 percent on year following the 4.7 percent contraction in August. The average...

newzea-retail-012111.jpg The total number of building permits issued in New Zealand plummeted a seasonally adjusted 12.2 percent on month in September, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday - standing at 1,985. The headline figure was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 1.0 percent following the flat reading in August. "The...

The total number of building consents issued in New Zealand plunged a seasonally adjusted 12.2 percent on month in September, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday - standing at 1,985. That was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 1.0 percent following the flat reading in August. Individually,...

Japan is scheduled to release a batch of data on Friday, headlining a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. On tap are September figures for inflation, unemployment, household spending, construction orders and housing starts. Inflation is expected to hold steady at 3.3 percent, while core CPI...