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Malaysia's unemployment rate remained unchanged in May, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. The unemployment rate came in at 2.9 percent in May, the same as in the previous month. A year ago, the unemployment rate was 3.3 percent. The number of unemployed in the country decreased...

U.K. house prices rose at the slowest rate in more than a year in July, the results of a survey by Hometrack showed Friday. House prices increased 0.1 percent month-on-month in July, which was slower than the 0.3 rise in June. The results of a survey by Markit Economics and Knight Frank released...

The Philippines recorded a trade surplus in May following a deficit in the previous month as imports declined, a preliminary report from the National Statistics Office showed Friday. The trade surplus came in at $718 million in May, following the $783 million deficit in April. In the corresponding...

New Zealand's business confidence dropped further in July but a majority of firms still remained optimistic, results of a survey by the ANZ Bank showed Friday. The ANZ business confidence index decreased to 39.7 in July from 42.8 in June. The index measuring business confidence in the retail sector...

japantrade-042110.jpg Consumer prices in Japan climbed 3.6 percent on year in June, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That topped forecasts for 3.5 percent, also slowing from 3.7 percent in May. Core CPI, which strips out the volatile costs of food, advanced 3.3 percent on year - matching...

Corporate service prices in Japan were up 3.6 percent on year in June, the Bank of Japan said on Friday - unchanged and in line with expectations. On a monthly basis, prices were up 0.1 percent after adding 0.2 percent in May. Among the individual components, prices were up for real estate and...

Consumer prices in Japan were up 3.6 percent on year in June, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That topped forecasts for 3.5 percent, also slowing from 3.7 percent in May. Core CPI, which strips out the volatile costs of food, advanced 3.3 percent on year - matching...

Consumer confidence in South Korea slid slightly in July, the latest survey from the Bank of Korea revealed on Friday, showing a score of 105 - down from 107 in June. Consumer sentiments on current living standards and on their outlook were both lower by one point compared to the month before, at...

Japan will on Friday see June results for consumer prices, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Overall nationwide inflation is expected to add 3.5 percent on year, down from 3.7 percent in May. Core inflation is called at 3.3 percent, down from 3.4 percent in the previous...

NewHomeSales-072414.jpg New home sales in the U.S. showed a notable decrease in the month of June, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday, with the steep drop offsetting the jump seen in the previous month.

Turkey's central bank on Thursday left its inflation forecast for the year unchanged and hinted at more rate cuts. In the latest Inflation Report, released today, the bank left the year-end inflation forecast for this year at 7.6 percent. The bank has an inflation target of 5 percent, which Governor...

New home sales in the U.S. showed a notable decrease in the month of June, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday, with the steep drop offsetting the jump seen in the previous month.

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Thursday that Asian countries must pay more attention to the challenges posed by demographic change and take prompt action to sustain the economic growth momentum in the region. "Japan's experience thus suggests that it is crucial not only to debate...

JoblessClaims-072414.jpg After reporting a modest drop in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the previous week, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that initial jobless claims unexpectedly fell to their lowest level in over eight years in the week ended July 19th.

UKRetailSales-072414.jpg U.K. retail sales increased only marginally in June on weak clothing sales as stores delayed summer clearances due to good weather, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Thursday. However, retail sales during the second quarter hit a 10-year high, signaling strong support from consumer demand to overall economic growth.