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Hong Kong's foreign trade deficit increased notably in February from a year ago, as imports grew faster than exports, figures from the Census and Statistics Department showed Monday. The trade deficit widened to HK$56.3 billion in February from HK$33.1 billion in the corresponding month last year....

China will welcome foreign investment in more sectors going forward and would expect fair treatment overseas, the People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiochuan said Sunday. Sectors such as banking, insurance, investment banking, securities firms, and payment systems could be opened up for foreign...

Bank of Japan board members viewed that the bank should not rush to action and it should pursue monetary easing under the current framework with patience, the summary of opinions from the monetary policy meeting showed Monday. To achieve the price stability target, it is important to bring the economy...

China's industrial profits grew sharply in the first two months of the year, driven by faster rise in prices of coal, steel and crude oil, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Monday. Industrial profits surged 31.5 percent year-over-year in the January to February period. The pace of...

Corporate service prices in Japan were up 0.8 percent on year in February, the Bank of Japan said on Monday. That exceeded forecasts for 0.5 percent, which would have been unchanged from the January reading. On a monthly basis, prices added 0.3 percent after sliding 0.5 percent in the previous...

Japan will on Monday release February figures for producer prices, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Producer prices were up 0.5 percent on year in January. China will see February numbers for industrial profits; in January, profits advanced 2.3 percent on year. Hong...

Moody's Investors Service maintained New Zealand's rating at 'Aaa' with 'stable' outlook on Friday. The agency said the rating was affirmed as economic resilience remains very high and country's institutional strength and proactive implementation of policies are likely to continue to mitigate external...

Japan's economy is more firmly progressing towards a recovery, but there was still a long way to go to attain the 2 percent price stability target, and hence, the central bank cannot withdraw its massive stimulus now, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Friday. "There is no reason to reduce...

Fitch Ratings said the policy targets announced at China's National People's Congress are likely to result in a further build-up of economic imbalances, at least in the short term. Fitch noted that the NPC, which concluded last week, appeared to confirm a partial shift in policy focus toward curbing...

Singapore's industrial production expanded at a faster-than-expected pace in February, figures from the Economic Development Board showed Friday. Industrial production advanced 12.6 percent year-over-year in February, much faster than the 2.2 percent rise in January. Economists had expected a...

Japan's leading index rose less than estimated in January, final data from the Cabinet Office showed Friday. The leading index climbed marginally to 104.9 in January from 104.8 in December. The score was revised down from 105.5. The indicator measures the future course of economic activity. Nonetheless,...

South Korea's consumer confidence rose to a 5-month high in March, survey data from Bank of Korea showed Friday. The consumer sentiment index climbed to 96.7 in March from 94.4 in February. This was the highest since October 2016. Nonetheless, a reading below 100 indicates that pessimists outnumber...

Malaysia's consumer price inflation accelerated at a faster-than-expected pace in February to the highest level in eight years, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. The consumer price index climbed 4.5 percent year-over-year in February, much faster than the 3.2 percent rise in...

Malaysia's economy is expected to continue growing positively in the first half of 2017, data from the Department of Statistics revealed Friday. The leading index, which monitors the economic performance in advance, grew 0.7 percent in January from the prior month. The increase was underpinned...

The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand in March, albeit at a slower rate, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Friday with a PMI score of 52.6. That's down from 53.3 in February, although it remains above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Individually,...

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