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India's merchandise trade deficit for March widened from a year ago, as exports continued to fall, figures from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry showed Friday. The trade deficit for March worsened to $11.79 billion from $10.95 billion in the same month last year. Exports declined 21.06 percent...

The services sector is on track to become Australia's number one exporter to Asia by 2030, a report published by ANZ Banking Group, PwC Australia, Asialink Business said Friday. According to the study, services exports to Asia could be worth A$163 billion and support more than one million jobs by...

Japan's consumer confidence improved for the fourth straight month in March, surpassing expectations, survey data from the Cabinet Office showed Friday. The consumer confidence index rose to 41.7 in March from 40.9 in the previous month. Economists had expected the index to increase to 41.3. The latest...

singapore1-081009.jpg Non-oil domestic exports in Singapore climbed 18.5 percent on year in March, International Enterprise Singapore said on Friday. That follows the 9.7 percent contraction in February thanks to an expansion in both electronic and non-electronic NODX, the stats bureau said. On a seasonally adjusted...

Singapore will on Friday release March figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Imports were worth SGD28.68 billion in February, while exports were at SGD33.86 billion for a trade surplus of SGD5.2 billion. Japan will see March...

unemployment-021010.jpg The unemployment rate in Australia came in at a seasonally adjusted 6.1 percent in March, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday. That beat forecasts for 6.3 percent, which would have been unchanged from the February reading. The Australia economy added 37,700 jobs in March to 11,720,300...

Australia will on Thursday release March numbers for unemployment, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The jobless rate is expected to hold steady at 6.3 percent, with the Australian economy expected to add 15,000 jobs following the gain of 15,600 jobs in February. The participation...

India's wholesale prices declined for the fifth consecutive month in March, data from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry showed Wednesday. The wholesale price index dropped 2.33 percent in March from last year, faster than February's 2.06 percent fall and a 2.05 percent decrease forecast by economists. In...

Sri Lanka's central bank lowered its key rates unexpectedly to record lows to enhance economic growth amid falling inflation. The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka reduced the Standing Lending Facility Rate to 7.50 percent from 8.00 percent and the Standing Deposit Facility Rate to...

Singapore's retail sales recovered at a stronger than expected pace in February, data from the Department of Statistics revealed Wednesday. Retail sales logged a double-digit annual growth of 15.8 percent in February, reversing a 5 percent fall in January. Economists had forecast a 3 percent growth....

Japan's industrial production declined less than estimated in February, final data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed Wednesday. Industrial output dropped 3.1 percent month-on-month in February instead of a 3.4 percent fall estimated initially. On a yearly basis, production was...

Moody's Investors Service said Australia's government debt ratios and economic flexibility support its 'AAA' sovereign ratings. The report pointed out that Australia's economy is growing at a faster pace than many similarly rated peers, despite lower prices for several of the country's commodity...

china1-230913.jpg China's gross domestic product expanded 7.0 percent on year in the first quarter of 2015, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday, coming in at 14,066.7 billion yuan. The headline figure was in line with expectations while slowing from 7.3 percent in the previous three months. On an...

South Korea's unemployment rate came in at 3.7 percent in March, Statistics Korea said on Wednesday. That was in line with expectations, and it was down from the 12-month high of 3.9 percent in February. The participation rate was 62.0 percent, up from 61.6 percent in the previous month.

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg Food prices in New Zealand advanced 0.1 percent on month in March, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday. That beat forecasts for a decline of 0.7 percent, which would have been unchanged from the February reading. "Less discounting on items such as biscuits, yoghurt, and sauces contributed...

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