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Taiwan's commercial sales growth slowed for a third consecutive month in March, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Wednesday. Sales in trade and food services grew 1.49 percent year-on-year, after a 2.02 percent rise in February, revised from 2.06 percent. Economists had forecast...

Taiwan's industrial output increased for the second consecutive month in March, preliminary figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Wednesday. Industrial production advanced 3.05 percent year-on-year in March, but was slower than February's 6.83 percent gain, revised from 7 percent. The...

BankofThailand-042314.jpg Thailand's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, after trimming it in the previous month amid the lingering political impasse. The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Thailand voted 6-1 to leave the main policy rate unchanged at 2 percent, which is the lowest level since December 2010. The decision was in line with economists' expectations.

Singapore's consumer price inflation rose more than expected in March from a 4-year low, data showed Wednesday. Inflation increased sharply to 1.2 percent in March from a 4-year low rate of 0.4 percent in February, figures from the Department of Statistics Singapore revealed. Economists had forecast...

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said inflation may exceed the official estimate in the fiscal year ended March.

newzea-retail-012111.jpg Total credit card spending in New Zealand jumped a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent on month in March, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand said on Wednesday - coming in at NZ$3.062 billion. That was up sharply from the upwardly revised 0.4 percent increase in February (originally 0.3 percent). Domestic...

Total credit card spending in New Zealand was up a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent on month in March, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand said on Wednesday - coming in at NZ$3.062 billion. That was up sharply from the upwardly revised 0.4 percent increase in February )(originally 0.3 percent). On a...

china1-230913.jpg An index monitoring manufacturing activity in China posted a score of 48.3 in April, the latest survey from HSBC and Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday. That was in line with forecasts and up from 48.0 in March - although the index remains below the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion in a sector from contraction. The manufacturing output index saw a score of 48.0 in April.

trade.jpg Consumer prices in Australia collected 0.6 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That was weaker than forecasts for 0.8 percent, which would have been unchanged from the previous three months. The most significant price rises this...

An index measuring manufacturing activity in China came in with a score of 48.3 in April, the latest survey from HSBC and Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday. That was in line with forecasts and up from 48.0 in March - although the index remains below the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates...

Consumer prices in Australia were up 0.6 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That was weaker than forecasts for 0.8 percent, which would have been unchanged from the previous three months. On a yearly basis, consumer prices gained...

Australia will on Wednesday release Q1 numbers for consumer prices, highlighting a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. Inflation is expected to rise 3.2 percent on year and 0.8 percent on quarter after gaining 2.7 percent on year and 0.8 percent on quarter in the previous three months. The...

Hong Kong's unemployment rate remained unchanged during the January to March period, figures from the Census and Statistics Department showed Tuesday. The unemployment rate came in at seasonally adjusted 3.1 percent, the same as seen in the December to February period. The underemployment rate also...

ChinaCentralBank-042214.jpg The People's Bank of China on Tuesday said it will lower the share of deposits that rural lenders need to set aside as cash with central bank. The bank said the reserve requirement ratio for rural commercial banks will be reduced by 2 percent points, effective Friday. The RRR for rural cooperative banks was reduced by 0.5 percentage point.

Hong Kong's consumer price inflation remained stable in March, figures from the Census and Statistics Department showed Tuesday. The consumer price index rose 3.9 percent year-on-year, same as in February, but smaller than the average growth rate of 4.3 percent in January and February. Inflation...