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British manufacturers are upbeat about the next quarter, with growth expectations for domestic orders and output hitting the highest since the 1970s, a survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Wednesday. The quarterly Industrial Trends Survey also revealed that business optimism among...

Taiwan's commercial sales growth slowed for a third consecutive month in March, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Wednesday. Sales in trade and food services grew 1.49 percent year-on-year, after a 2.02 percent rise in February, revised from 2.06 percent. Economists had forecast...

UKbudget-deficit-042314.jpg U.K. Chancellor George Osborne achieved his budget deficit target for 2013/14 as buoyant economic growth boosted tax receipts. Data from the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday showed that net borrowing totaled GBP 107.7 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2014, the lowest since the 2008/2009 financial crisis.

Taiwan's industrial output increased for the second consecutive month in March, preliminary figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Wednesday. Industrial production advanced 3.05 percent year-on-year in March, but was slower than February's 6.83 percent gain, revised from 7 percent. The...

Latvia's producer price inflation slowed in March, after accelerating in the previous month, figures from the Central Statistical Bureau showed Wednesday. The producer price index rose 0.6 percent year-on-year, following 1 percent gain in February. In January, prices climbed 0.6 percent. Domestic...

Germany's leading index continued to climb in March, suggesting continued economic expansion in Eurozone's largest economy, a survey by the Conference Board showed Wednesday. The think tank's leading economic index advanced 0.3 percent in February, after a 0.6 percent increase in January. In December,...

South Africa's consumer price inflation rose slightly in March to hit the ceiling of the central bank's target range, the Statistics South Africa said Wednesday. The consumer price index advanced 6.0 percent year-on-year in March, following a 5.9 percent increase in February. Economists had expected...

Policymakers of the Bank of England unanimously decided to maintain the key bank rate at a historic low of 0.50 percent and monetary stimulus at GBP 375 billion, the minutes of meeting held on April 9 showed Wednesday. "With unemployment remaining above the 7 percent threshold, the Committee's August...

BankofThailand-042314.jpg Thailand's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, after trimming it in the previous month amid the lingering political impasse. The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Thailand voted 6-1 to leave the main policy rate unchanged at 2 percent, which is the lowest level since December 2010. The decision was in line with economists' expectations.

Growth in the Eurozone private sector economy accelerated at its fastest pace in almost three years in April, survey data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The composite output index rose unexpectedly to 54.0 in April from 53.1 in March. The latest reading was the highest since May 2011. Economists...

Germany's private sector growth improved at a solid pace at the start of the second quarter, flash survey data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The composite output index rose to 56.3 in April from 54.3 in March. The latest reading was the second-highest in nearly three years and stretched...

South Africa's leading index fell in February, following an increase in the previous month, survey results from the South African Reserve Bank showed Wednesday. The leading index declined to 99.6 in February from 100.2 in January. In December, the final reading was 99.9. Among the eleven components...

The French private sector expanded for a second month in April, but the pace of expansion eased from March, flash survey data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The flash composite output index fell to 50.5 from 51.8 in March. But the score above 50 indicates expansion in the sector. Weaker rates...

Singapore's consumer price inflation rose more than expected in March from a 4-year low, data showed Wednesday. Inflation increased sharply to 1.2 percent in March from a 4-year low rate of 0.4 percent in February, figures from the Department of Statistics Singapore revealed. Economists had forecast...

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said inflation may exceed the official estimate in the fiscal year ended March.