Economy And The Numbers

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China is scheduled to release a raft of data on Tuesday, highlighting a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. On tap are Q3 numbers for gross domestic product, as well as September figures for industrial production, retail sales and fixed asset investment. GDP is expected to add 1.8 percent...

Belgium's consumer confidence deteriorated in October after stabilizing at a one-year low in September, survey figures from the National Bank of Belgium showed Monday. The consumer confidence index dropped to -12 from -11 in September. Households grew more pessimistic regarding the overall economic...

The Bundesbank is downbeat about the German economic outlook, saying the year would end on a moderate note. The economic outlook should be either on the same level of the second quarter or slightly better than the prior quarter, the bank said in its monthly report on Monday. The largest euro...

The Philippine central bank on Monday ordered banks to raise their capital and announced enhanced rules on credit-risk taking activities. The Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas decided to raise the capital requirement for large banks called 'universal banks' to up to PHP 20 billion...

U.K. gross mortgage lending decreased slightly in August from last month, figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders showed Monday. Gross mortgage lending totaled GBP 17.8 billion, down 1 percent from August. But it grew 10 percent from last September. In the third quarter, gross mortgage lending...

The monthly lending flow to UK businesses has been volatile on a monthly basis, but on average, it was broadly close to zero over the past six months, the Trends in Lending report from the Bank of England showed Monday. Gross lending by all MFIs to UK non-financial businesses increased by 21 percent...

Hong Kong's unemployment rate remained unchanged in the July to September period, as expected by economists, labor market statistics revealed Monday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate came in at 3.3 percent in the July to September period, the same rate as in the June to August period, the Census...

Italy's industrial orders rebounded in August, figures from the statistical office Istat showed Monday. Total orders recovered by 1.5 percent month-over-month in August, reversing the 1.5 percent drop in July Orders in the domestic market rose 0.7 percent and orders in the international market...

Taiwan's export orders in September grew at a much faster-than-expected pace from a year ago, led by strong increases in shipments of machinery and electronic products, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Monday. Export orders in US dollar terms rose 12.7 percent year-on-year, which...

The Eurozone current account surplus declined in August as the surplus on trade in services decreased notably, data from the European Central Bank showed Monday. The current account surplus fell to a seasonally adjusted EUR 18.9 billion in August from EUR 21.6 billion in July. The surplus on trade...

Dutch consumer confidence improved unexpectedly in October, survey data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Monday. The consumer confidence index rose to -3 in October from -7 in September. The indicator was forecast to fall to -8. This was the highest score since July, when the reading...

Germany's producer prices decreased at a faster rate as expected in September, data from Destatis showed Monday. Producer prices fell 1 percent year-over-year in September following the 0.8 percent decrease in August. This was in line with the consensus estimate. Energy prices fell the most, by...

The Bank of Japan maintained its economic view of eight regions out of nine and downgraded the assessment of Tohoku region. Compared with the last assessment in July, the bank said the Tohoku region revised its assessment downward by noting that the pace of economic recovery had moderated, but the...

Estonia's producer prices declined at a faster pace in September, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Monday. Producer prices dropped 2 percent year-over-year in September following the 1 percent decline in August. Prices in the manufacturing sector slid 1.4 percent and prices in the utilities...

Japan leading index declined less than initially estimated in August, final data from the Cabinet Office showed Monday. The leading index dropped to 104.4 in August from 105.5 in July. The estimate for August was 104. Meanwhile, the coincident index declined more-than-expected to 108.3 from 109.9...