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Malaysia's exports increased as expected in March, while imports fell at a faster-than-expected pace, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. Exports rose 0.2 percent year-over-year in March, in line with expectations. Shipments of electrical and electronic products, which accounted...

Japan's service sector activity deteriorated for the first time in over a year in April, results of a survey by Markit Economics showed Friday. The services purchasing managers' index, or PMI, fell to 49.3 in April from 50.0 in the previous month. Any reading below 50 indicates contraction, while...

The monetary base in Japan was up 26.8 percent on year in April, the Bank of Japan said Friday - coming in at 380.835 trillion yen. That follows the 28.5 percent jump in March. Banknotes in circulation added 6.8 percent on year, while coins in circulation added 0.9 percent. Current account balances...

The construction sector in Australia turned to expansion in April, the latest survey from the Australian Industry Group showed on Friday with a Performance of Construction Index score of 50.8. That's up sharply from the 13-month low of 45.2 in March, and it climbs above the boom-or-bust line of 50...

Australia will on Friday see April results for the Performance of Construction Index from the Australian Industry Group, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The index had a score of 45.2 in March, well beneath the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Also,...

Hong Kong's retail sales decreased at a faster-than-expected pace in March, preliminary figures from the Census and Statistics Department showed Thursday. The value of retail sales plunged 9.8 percent year-over-year in March, much slower than the 20.6 percent slump in the previous month. Nonetheless,...

Australia's government announced the appointment of Philip Lowe as the next governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. Treasurer Scott Morrison said Lowe will replace Glenn Stevens when he finishes the term in September. Lowe is appointed for a seven-year term. Lowe has been serving as the RBA...

ChinaPMI-050516.jpg Private sector activity in China expanded for the second straight month in April driven by services, while output broadly stagnated at manufacturers. The Caixin composite output index fell to 50.8 in April from 51.3 in March, survey data published by Markit showed Thursday. A score above 50 indicates expansion but the latest reading signals a slowdown in growth.

New home sales in Australia increased notably in March after falling in the previous month, the Housing Industry Association said on Thursday. Total new home sales surged a seasonally adjusted 8.9 percent in March, reversing a 5.3 percent fall in February. The increase in total sales consisted...

Corrects headline and intro of the article Taiwan's consumer price inflation eased less-than-expected in April, figures from the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics showed Thursday. The consumer price index rose 1.88 percent year-over-year in April, slower than the 2.0 percent...

Philippine consumer price inflation held steady in April, defying economists' expectations for an increase, figures from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed Thursday. The consumer price index climbed 1.1 percent year-over-year in April, the same rate of rise as in the previous month. Economists...

The manufacturing sector in Singapore turned to contraction in April, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Thursday with a Performance of Manufacturing Index score of 49.4. That's down from 52.0 in March, and it moves beneath the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among...

The manufacturing sector in Hong Kong continued to contract in April, and at a faster rate, the latest survey from Nikkei showed on Thursday with a Performance of Manufacturing Index score of 45.3. That's down from 45.5 in March, and it moves further beneath the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates...

trade.jpg Retail sales in Australia advanced a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent on month in March, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday. That beat forecasts for an increase of 0.3 percent following the upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in February (originally flat). There were rises in food...

The services sector in China continued to expand in April, albeit at a slower pace, the latest survey from Caixin revealed on Thursday with a PMI score of 51.8. That's down from 52.2 in March, although it remains well above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among...

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