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Indonesia's manufacturing sector recovered in September, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Wednesday. The HSBC purchasing managers' index, or PMI, for the manufacturing sector rebounded to 50.7 in September from 49.5 in August. This marked expansion in manufacturing activity...

Taiwan's manufacturing sector expanded at the slowest rate in four months in September, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Wednesday. The HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for the manufacturing sector fell to 53.3 in September from the 40-month high of 56.1 in August....

retail-090312.jpg The total value of retail sales in Australia added a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent on month in August, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday - coming in at A$23.311 billion. The headline figure was shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.4 percent, which would have been unchanged from...

China's manufacturing sector expanded at a stable rate in September, exceeding economists' expectations, figures from the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, or CFLP, showed Wednesday. The manufacturing purchasing managers' index, or PMI, came in at 51.1 in September, the same as in August....

Japan's manufacturing sector slowed in September but continued to expand, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday, with a PMI score of 51.7. That was unrevised from the flash estimate earlier this month, although it was down from 52.2 in August. It also remained above the...

The total value of retail sales in Australia was up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent on month in August, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday - standing at A$23.311 billion. That was shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.4 percent, which would have been unchanged from the July rate. Among...

Australia's manufacturing sector continued to contract in September, the Australian Industry Group said on Wednesday, with a Performance of Manufacturing Index score of 46.5. That's down from 47.3 in August, and it moves further below the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among...

JapanSentiments-040113.jpg An index measuring business sentiment in Japan showed mild upside in the third quarter of 2014, the Bank of Japan revealed on Wednesday in its quarterly Tankan business survey. The large manufacturers index came in with a score of 13, beating forecasts for 10 and up from 12 in the second quarter. The...

foreximg-300413.jpg South Korea's manufacturing sector dipped into contraction in September, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday, with a PMI score of 48.8. That's down from 50.3 in August - and it falls below the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. "Korea's...

South Korea posted a merchandise trade surplus of $3.4 billion in September, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said on Wednesday - in line with expectations and roughly unchanged from the August total. Exports climbed an annual 6.8 percent to 47.7 billion versus forecasts for an 8.2 percent...

South Korea's manufacturing sector slipped into contraction in September, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday, with a PMI score of 48.8. That's down from 50.3 in August - and it falls below the boom-or0bust score of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among the...

Consumer prices in South Korea were up 1.1 percent on year in September, the government said on Wednesday - touching a seven-month low. That was well shy of forecasts for 1.4 percent, which would have been unchanged from the August reading. On a monthly basis, consumer prices were down 0.1 percent...

The Bank of Japan will on Wednesday release its quarterly Tankan survey of business sentiment, highlighting a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. The large manufacturers' index is expected to show a score of 10 with an outlook of 13, down from 12 and 15, respectively in the previous three...

ConsumerConfidence-093014.jpg U.S. consumer confidence expectedly fell from 7-year highs in September amid concerns about the outlook for employment, the Conference Board reported Tuesday. After rising four consecutive months, the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index declined to 86.0 in September, down from an upwardly...

ChicagoPMI-093014.jpg Chicago-area manufacturing activity continued to expand in September, albeit at a slower pace than the previous month, according to a report from the Institute for Supply Management - Chicago. The Chicago PMI decreased 3.8 points to 60.5 in September, falling slightly short of expectations for a...