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Japan's all industry activity declined as expected in June largely due to the contraction in industrial production, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry reported Wednesday. The all industry activity index fell 0.4 percent, reversing the 0.6 percent rise in May. The month-on-month rate of decline...

The Australian economy remained slightly below trend in July, the latest leading index from Westpac Bank/Melbourne Institute revealed on Wednesday - easing 0.1 percent on month. That follows the 0.1 percent increase in June. "The index continues to indicate that we can expect growth in the Australian...

japanexports-112510.jpg Japan posted a merchandise trade deficit of 963.99 billion yen in July, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday - remaining in the red for a record 25th consecutive month. The headline figure missed forecasts for a deficit of 713.9 billion yen following the 823.2 billion yen shortfall in June. Exports...

Japan saw a merchandise trade deficit of 963.99 billion yen in July, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. That missed forecasts for a deficit of 713.9 billion yen following the 823.2 billion yen shortfall in June. Exports were up 3.9 percent on year - slightly ahead of estimates for an increase...

Japan will on Wednesday release July numbers for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Imports are expected to ease 1.0 percent on year after climbing 8.4 percent in June. Exports are called higher by 3.8 percent after gaining 1.9 percent...

CPIChart-081914.jpg Consumer prices saw only a modest increase in the month of July, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Tuesday, with higher prices for shelter and food offset by decreases in prices for energy and airline fares. The Labor Department said its consumer price index ticked up by 0.1 percent in July after rising by 0.3 percent in June.

HousingSarts-081914.jpg After reporting a notable decrease in new residential construction for the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Tuesday showing a substantial rebound by U.S. housing starts in the month of July. The report said housing starts jumped 15.7 percent to an annual rate of 1.093 million in July after falling 4 percent to a revised 945,000 in June.

Earnings of Polish employees remained unchanged in July, figures from the Central Statistical Office of Poland showed Tuesday. Average gross wages and salaries grew 3.5 percent year-on-year in July, same as in the previous month. Economists had forecast a 3.8 percent growth for the month. After...

Consumer prices saw only a modest increase in the month of July, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Tuesday, with higher prices for shelter and food offset by decreases in prices for energy and airline fares.

After reporting a notable decrease in new residential construction for the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Tuesday showing a substantial rebound by U.S. housing starts in the month of July.

UKInflation-081914.jpg U.K. inflation slowed more-than-expected in July as summer price discounting among retailers dragged clothing costs, while factory-gate prices declined for the first time since 2009 suggesting absence of inflationary pressure. Inflation eased to 1.6 percent in July from 1.9 percent in June, the Office for National Statistics reported Tuesday. The figure was forecast to slow to 1.8 percent.

Portugal's producer prices declined at the fastest rate in four months in July, figures from Statistics Portugal showed Tuesday. The producer price index fell 0.8 percent year-on-year in July, faster than June's 0.4 percent decline. In May, prices dropped 0.6 percent. The latest fall was the most...

Italy's current account surplus for June increased from a year ago, figures from the Bank of Italy showed Tuesday. The current account surplus advanced to EUR 3.05 billion in June from EUR 2.80 billion in the same month last year. In June, the goods trade surplus rose to EUR 4.29 billion from EUR...

House prices in the United Kingdom rose at a slightly slower pace in June compared to May, but the pace of increase remained solid, figures from the Office for National Statistics showed Tuesday. The house price index climbed 10.2 percent year-on-year following 10.4 percent rise in May. Economists...

U.K. inflation slowed more than expected in July largely due to a fall in clothing prices and factory gate prices declined unexpectedly from last year, data showed Tuesday. Inflation eased to 1.6 percent in July from 1.9 percent in June, the Office for National Statistics reported. Inflation was...