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Turkey's consumer prices rose more than expected in August, data from the Turkish Statistical Institute, or TurkStat, showed Wednesday. Annual consumer prices inflation quickened to 9.54 percent in August from 9.32 percent in July. This was faster than the 9.36 percent inflation rate expected by economists. On...

Spain's service sector expanded at the sharpest pace since December 2006, survey data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The headline services Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 58.1 in August from 56.2 in July. Activity has now risen in each of the past ten months. New business increased...

Service sector activity in Russia recovered in August, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Wednesday. The HSBC service sector business activity index rose to 50.3 in August from 49.7 in July. This marked the first expansion in activity after five consecutive months of decline,...

India's private sector expanded for the fourth successive month in August, data published by Markit Economics showed Wednesday. But the pace of growth eased reflecting a slowdown in output growth. The HSBC composite output index came in at 51.6 in August, down from 53 in July. Nonetheless, a score...

Service sector activity in Ireland expanded at a faster rate in August, results of a survey by Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The Investec purchasing managers' index, or PMI, for the services sector rose to 62.4 in August from 61.3 in July. This marked the twenty fifth consecutive month of expansion. A...

Service sector PMI data from major eurozone countries and eurozone retail sales are among the important economic data due to be released on Wednesday. At 4 am ET, Markit Economics will release its final services PMI and composite PMI figures for the eurozone. The services PMI is expected to be confirmed...

japanexports-112510.jpg The services sector in Japan contracted in August, albeit barely, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday with a purchasing managers' index score of 49.9. That was down from 50.4 in July, and it slipped below the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among...

Private sector activity in Hong Kong declined in August after growing in the previous month, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Wednesday. The HSBC purchasing managers' index dropped to 49.6 in August from 50.4 in July. This signaled a decline in private sector activity,...

chinatrade-041111.jpg China's service sector expanded in August after showing no change in July, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed showed Wednesday. The HSBC services business activity index increased to 54.1 in August from 50 in July. This indicated expansion as the index came in above the no-change...

China's service sector activity improved in August after stagnating in the previous month, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed showed Wednesday. The HSBC services business activity index rose to 54.1 in August from 50.0 in July. A score above 50 signals expansion in service...

trade.jpg Australia's gross domestic product climbed a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That beat forecasts for an increase of 0.4 percent following the 1.1 percent gain in the previous three months. The terms...

China's non-manufacturing business activity grew at a marginally faster rate in August, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Wednesday. The non-manufacturing business activity index edged up to 54.4 in August from 54.2 in July. This indicated continued expansion, though at a faster...

The services sector in Japan contracted in August, albeit barely, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday with a purchasing managers' index score of 49.9. That was down from 50.4 in July, and it slipped below the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among...

Australia's gross domestic product expanded a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That beat forecasts for an increase of 0.4 percent following the 1.1 percent gain in the previous three months. The terms...

The service sector in Australia continued to contract in August, albeit barely, the Australia Industry Group revealed on Wednesday with a performance of service index score of 49.4. That's up marginally from 49.3 in July, and it remains just under the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion...