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Malaysia's inflation eased more-than-expected in August on fuel cost, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Wednesday. Consumer price inflation slowed to 0.2 percent in August, the lowest rate within 42 months, the statistical office said. The rate was expected to drop to 0.4 percent from...

The Bank of Japan kept its ultra-loose monetary policy unchanged, as widely expected, on Wednesday. The policy board of the BoJ decided to purchase government bonds so that the yield of 10-year JGBs will remain at around zero percent. The board retained the -0.1 percent interest rate on current...

Japan posted a 444.594 billion yen trade deficit in August, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. That beat forecasts for a shortfall of 483.2 billion yen following the 231.9 billion yen deficit in July. Exports climbed 6.6 percent on year to 6.691 trillion yen - exceeding expectations for...

New Zealand's seasonally adjusted current account deficit fell to NZ$2.7 billion for the June 2018 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday. The NZ$484 million decrease from the March 2018 quarter was mainly driven by rising exports of goods and services. New Zealand's exports of goods...

The Bank of Japan will wrap up its monetary policy meeting on Wednesday and then announce its decision on interest rates, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The benchmark lending rate is expected to hold steady at -0.1 percent. Japan also will release August figures for...

Hong Kong's unemployment rate held steady for a fourth straight month in the three months to August, preliminary data from the Census and Statistics Department showed Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 2.8 percent in the June to August period. The figure has been at that level since the quarter to April.

House prices in Australia were down 0.7 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2018, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday - in line with expectations and unchanged from the three months prior. The capital city residential property price indexes fell in Sydney (-1.2 percent), Melbourne...

The Reserve Bank of Australia will on Tuesday release the minutes from its September 4 monetary policy meeting, setting the pace for a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. At the meeting, the RBA voted to maintain the cash rate at the record low 1.50 percent. The interest rate has been at...

Singapore's exports growth halved in August as demand for electronics goods declined again, data from Enterprise Singapore showed Monday. Non-oil domestic exports grew 5 percent annually in August, following the 11 percent increase seen in July. Exports of electronic products slid 1.5 percent but...

The services index in New Zealand continued to expand in August, albeit at a slower pace, BusinessNZ said on Monday with a Performance of Services Index score of 53.2. That's down from the downwardly revised 54.8 in July (originally 55.1), although it remains above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that...

New Zealand will on Monday see August results for its Performance of Services Index, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The index score in July was 55.1. Indonesia will provide August figures for imports, exports and trade balance. In July, imports were worth $18.27 billion...

Japan's industrial production declined more than estimated in July, final data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed Friday. Industrial output fell 0.2 percent on month in July instead of 0.1 percent drop estimated initially. The decline in exports was revised to 2 percent from...

chinaretailsales-sept14.jpg China's industrial production and retail sales growth improved in August, while investment growth slowed down, indicating the weakness in the economic momentum. Industrial production climbed 6.1 percent year-on-year in August, in line with expectations, but slightly faster than the 6 percent increase seen in July, data from the National Bureau of Statistics revealed Friday.

Malaysia's unemployment rate remained unchanged in July, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. The jobless rate held steady at 3.4 percent in July. In the same period last year, the unemployment rate stood at 3.5 percent. The unemployment rate, on a seasonally adjusted basis,...

New Zealand's manufacturing sector activity remained in low gear for the third consecutive month in August, survey data showed Friday. The BNZ-BusinessNZ performance of manufacturing index rose 0.8 points to 52.0 in August. Although the indicator remained above 50.0, it was below the long run average...

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