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British consumer confidence weakened in April, after improving in the previous month, survey data from GfK showed Friday. The consumer sentiment index dropped to -9 in April from -7 in March. Meanwhile, the index was forecast to remain stable at -7. In April, consumers were more pessimistic about...

Singapore's unemployment rate decreased unexpectedly in the three months ended March, though marginally, preliminary figures from the Ministry of Manpower showed Friday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate edged down to 2.0 percent in the first quarter from 2.1 percent in the previous quarter. Meanwhile,...

The Bank of Japan kept its monetary stimulus unchanged as widely expected on Friday. Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and his board members decided by an 8-1 majority vote to hold its target of raising the amount of outstanding JGB holdings at an annual pace of about JPY 80 trillion. The bank will purchase...

japanexports-112510.jpg Industrial output in Japan gained 1.2 percent on month in March, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday. That topped forecasts for an increase of 0.5 percent following the 2.0 percent gain in February. On a yearly basis, industrial production jumped 2.2 percent - exceeding forecasts...

newzealandcpi-071510.jpg New Zealand posted a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$86 million in March, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday - representing 1.8 percent of exports. That missed expectations for a surplus of NZ$275 million following the NZ$172 million surplus in February. Exports were up NZ$265 million or 5.8...

After two trading sessions closing down, the Ibovespa rebounded (+1.57%), ending at 86,382.20 points while reflecting the improvement in the external environment amid a relief in the rise of U.S. bonds yields. The benchmark stock index in Brazil was boosted by blue-chips such as Petrobras, Vale and Ital...

Merval, the main index of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange, closed lower for the sixth session in a row Thursday, affected by local factor while detaching from foreign markets. The Merval fell 1.53% to 29,487.82 points. According to Eduardo Fernandez, an analyst at Rava Bursatil, "the regulation of...

Ruling lawmakers in the Argentinean House of Representatives once again thwarted the as opposition attempt to discuss 29 projects that seek to reduce or freeze utility bills. That was the second attempt of discussion by opposition lawmakers in the lower house. Such as happened last week, several ruling...

Argentina and Chile intends to make bilateral trade more flexible. Therefore, a trade liberalization agreement should be sent to the Congresses of both countries. The announcement came after a meeting between the Argentinean president, Mauricio Macri, and his Chilean counterpart, Sebastian Pinera, in...

Industrial production in Japan was up 1.2 percent on month in March, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday. That topped forecasts for an increase of 0.5 percent following the 2.0 percent gain in February. On a yearly basis, industrial production jumped 2.2 percent - exceeding...

Retail sales in Japan were down a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent on month in March, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday. That was shy of forecasts for a flat reading following the 0.5 percent increase in February. On a yearly basis, retail sales gained 1.0 percent - also...

Consumer prices in Tokyo were up 0.5 percent on year in April, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That was well shy of forecasts for 0.8 percent and down from 1.0 percent in March. Core CPI, which excludes volatile food prices, was up an annual 0.6 percent. That...

New Zealand had a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$86 million in March, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday. That missed expectations for a surplus of NZ$275 million following the NZ$172 million surplus in February. Exports were up 5.8 percent on year, while imports spiked 14.0 percent. For...

The unemployment rate in Japan came in at a seasonally adjusted 2.5 percent in March, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - in line with expectations and unchanged from the previous month. The job-to-applicant ratio was 1.59 - also matching forecasts and up from 1.58...

Consumer confidence in New Zealand tumbled in April, the latest survey from ANZ Bank showed on Tuesday. The bank's index plummeted 5.9 percent on month to a score of 120.5. That follows the 0.2 percent monthly increase to 128.0 in the previous month.

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