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Increased investment in infrastructure is vital to stimulate both exports and domestic demand, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan Hiroshi Nakaso said Friday. "However, there are still some Asian economies where insufficient infrastructure is bottlenecking industrial advancement," he told the Securities...

Singapore's industrial production declined at a slower-expected pace in March, preliminary figures from the Economic Development Board showed Friday. Industrial production fell 5.5 percent year-over-year in March, faster than February's 3.3 percent drop. Economists had expected a 5.8 percent decrease...

Japan's all industry activity increased unexpectedly in February, figures from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed Friday. The all industry activity index climbed 0.1 percent month-on-month in February, in contrast to economists' expectations for a 1.0 percent decline. In January,...

Malaysia's unemployment rate increased slightly in February, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. The jobless rate climbed to 3.2 percent in February form 3.1 percent at the start of the year. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was also 3.2 percent. On a seasonally adjusted...

An index measuring producer prices in Japan were up 3.2 percent on year in March, the Bank of Japan said on Friday - standing at 103.0. That was just shy of forecasts for 3.3 percent, which would have been unchanged from the February reading. Among the individual components, prices were down for...

Singapore will on Friday release March figures for industrial production, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Industrial output is expected to add 0.8 percent on month and fall 5.8 percent on year. That follows the 4.1 percent monthly increase and the 3.6 percent yearly decline...

Consumer sentiment in South Korea ticked higher in April, the latest survey from the Bank of Korea showed on Friday, with an index score of 104.0 - up from 101.0 in March. Consumer sentiments on current living standards and for their future outlook were both two points higher than in March, at 92...

Hong Kong's unemployment rate held steady for the eighth successive month in March, figures from the Census and Statistics Department revealed Thursday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 3.3 percent in the January to March period, unchanged from the December to February period. That was in...

Taiwan's industrial production growth accelerated at a faster-than-expected pace in March, after easing in the previous month, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Thursday. Industrial production expanded 6.49 percent year-over-year in March, exceeding economists' expectations for...

Taiwan's commercial sales logged a surprise decline in March after a gain in the previous month, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Thursday. Sales in trade and food services industries dropped 0.65 percent year-on-year following a 0.91 percent growth in February. Economists were...

China-Manufacturing-042315.jpg China's factory activity moved further into negative zone in April, logging the weakest operating conditions in a year, flash estimate released by Markit Economics showed Thursday. The HSBC manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 49.2 in April, a 12-month low, from 49.6 in March. It was expected to remain at 49.6. A score below 50 indicates contraction in the sector.

Singapore's consumer prices dropped at a slower-than-expected pace in March, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Thursday. The consumer price index fell 0.3 percent year-over-year in March, the same rate of decrease as in the previous month. Economists had expected a 0.5 percent decline...

The leading index for India, which measures the future economic activity, declined in March after staying flat in the prior month, figures from the Conference Board showed Thursday. The Conference Board leading economic index fell 0.4 percent in March. In February, the index showed no variations,...

Total credit card spending in New Zealand increased in March, after falling in the previous month, data from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand showed Thursday. Credit credit spending rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent month-on-month in March to NZ$3.35 billion, reversing a 0.1 percent drop in February. Domestic...

South Korea will on Thursday release preliminary figures for Q1 gross domestic product, setting the pace for a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic news. GDP is expected to add 0.6 percent on quarter and 2.3 percent on year after gaining 0.3 percent on quarter and 2.7 percent on year in the previous...

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