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Malaysia's leading index signaled a slight weakness in economic performance in coming months, survey data released by the Department of Statistics showed Friday. The leading index dropped 0.3 percent month-on-month in August. A 0.5 percent drop in real money supply contributed the most to the monthly...

The unemployment rate in Malaysia edged down in August, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. The jobless rate decreased to 2.7 percent in August from 2.8 percent in July. A year ago, the unemployment rate was 3.1 percent. The number of unemployed in the country fell to 379,700...

House prices declined in almost all major Chinese cities in September, data compiled by the National Bureau of Statistics showed Friday. Compared to August, prices decreased in 69 and remained stable in one out of the 70 cities surveyed by the statistical office in September. House prices in...

Singapore industrial production declined more than expected in September, data from the Economic Development Board showed Friday. Industrial output fell 1.2 percent year-over-year in September following the 4 percent increase in August. This was more than the 0.4 percent drop expected by economists. Excluding...

The trade deficit in the Philippines decreased unexpectedly in August, preliminary data from the National Statistics Office showed Friday. The trade deficit came in at $ 17 million in August, which was less than the $ 41 million shortfall in July. Economists had expected the trade deficit to increase...

A leading index for China's economy climbed 0.9 percent in September, the latest survey from the Conference Board revealed on Friday - following the 0.7 percent gain in August and the 1.3 percent jump in July. The coincident index advanced 0.5 percent in September following the flat reading in August...

skgdp-042610.jpg South Korea's gross domestic product expanded 0.9 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2014, the Bank of Korea said in Friday's advance estimate. That follows the 0.5 percent increase in the second quarter and the 0.9 percent gain in Q1. On the expenditure side, private consumption expanded...

South Korea's gross domestic product climbed 0.9 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2014, the Bank of Korea said in Friday's advance estimate. That follows the 0.5 percent increase in the second quarter and the 0.9 percent gain in Q1. On a yearly basis, GDP jumped 3.2 percent, slowing from...

NZtradebalance-082910.jpg New Zealand posted a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$1.350 billion in September, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday - or 37 percent of the total value of exports. The headline figure was well shy of forecasts for a shortfall of NZ$625 million following the NZ$472 million deficit in August. Exports...

New Zealand had a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$1,350 million in September, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday. That was well shy of forecasts for a shortfall of NZ$625 million following the NZ$472 million deficit in August. Exports were down 5.3 percent on year to NZ$3.61 billion - topping...

South Korea will on Friday release an advance estimate of Q3 gross domestic product, highlighting a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. GDP was up 0.5 percent on quarter and 0.6 percent on year in the second quarter. New Zealand will provide September figures for imports, exports and trade...

Taiwan's commercial sales growth unexpectedly improved in September, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Thursday. Sales of trade and food services rose 2.53 percent year-on-year after a 2.21 percent gain in the previous month. Economists were looking for a 1 percent increase. Wholesale...

Taiwan's industrial production grew at a faster-than-expected pace in September, led by manufacturing, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Thursday. Production rose 10.30 percent year-on-year following 6.89 percent growth in August, revised from 7.03 percent. Economists had forecast...

The Philippine central bank decided to keep its key rate unchanged on Thursday after raising it by a quarter basis point each at the previous two meetings. The Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas maintained the overnight borrowing rate at 4.00 percent and the overnight lending at 6.00...

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens said the banking industry should build a payments infrastructure that is efficient, open to competition and that will support innovation into the future. The New Payments Platform can be expected to lead to further growth in electronic payments and...