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Business confidence in Australia ebbed in April, the latest survey from National Australia Bank showed on Monday with an index score of +5. That's down from +6 in March. The index for business conditions also deteriorated, slipping to +9 from +12 in the previous month.

The manufacturing sector in South Korea was roughly flat in March, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Monday with a PMI score of 50.0. That's up from 49.5 in April, and it moves right on to the boom-or-bust line that separates expansion from contraction. Among the individual components,...

Consumer prices in Australia are expected to have ticked slightly higher in April, the latest forecast from TD Securities showed on Monday - rising 0.1 percent on month. That follows the flat reading in March. On a yearly basis, consumer prices are expected to have climbed 1.5 percent - slowing...

The manufacturing sector in Australia continued to expand in April, albeit at a slower pace, the latest survey from the Australian Industry Group revealed on Monday with a Performance of Manufacturing Index score of 53.4. That's down sharply from 58.1 in March, although it remains well above the boom-or-bust...

Australia will on Monday see April results for the Performance of Manufacturing Index from the Australian Industry Group, highlighting a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The index score in March was 58.1, well above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Australia...

Standard & Poor's maintained the sovereign ratings of the U.K. with 'negative' outlook late Friday. The negative outlook continues to reflect the view that the forthcoming referendum on the U.K.'s membership of the EU is likely to be a close call and could result in a vote to leave. The rating...

The World Bank said Bangladesh needs to focus on a growth agenda centered on sustainable and inclusive growth. In a report released Friday, the lender said the economy remained strong and resilient despite external and internal challenges. Sustained macro stability, disinflation, rising reserves...

Standard & Poor's affirmed the credit ratings of Vietnam at 'BB-' citing country's lower middle-income, rising debt burden and banking sector weakness. Nonetheless, its external settings are sound, reflecting rising foreign exchange reserves and a modest external debt burden, the agency noted. The...

CONSUMER-RETAIL_29Apr16.jpg Reflecting weakening expectations for future growth, the University of Michigan released a report on Friday showing that U.S. consumer sentiment deteriorated by more than previously estimated in April. The report said the final reading on the consumer sentiment index for April came in at 89.0.

ChicagoPMI-042916.jpg Indicating a slow start to the second quarter, MNI Indicators released a report on Friday showing that growth in Chicago-area business activity slowed by much more than expected in the month of April. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer slumped to 50.4 in April.

PersonalSavingsRate-042916.jpg With personal income rising faster than personal spending, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing that the U.S. personal savings rate jumped to its highest level in over a year in the month of March.

While the U.S. Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing a slightly bigger than expected increase in personal income in March, the report also showed a slightly smaller than expected increase in personal spending.

EurozoneGDP-042916.jpg Euro area economic growth doubled in the first quarter weathering fears of a global slowdown and the jobless rate declined for the first time in three months in March to its lowest level in four-and-a-half years. Nonetheless, Eurozone relapsed into deflation in April on negative contributions from oil prices. Gross domestic product climbed 0.6 percent from the prior quarter.

Italy's consumer prices fell at a faster-than-expected pace in April, preliminary figures from the statistical office ISTAT showed Friday. The consumer price index dropped 0.4 percent year-on-year following a 0.2 percent decline in March. Economists had forecast a 0.2 percent decrease. The bigger...

Italy's unemployment rate dropped for the first time in four months in March to its lowest level in almost three-and-a-half years, figures from ISTAT showed Friday. The unemployment rate declined to 11.4 percent from 11.6 percent in the previous three months, marking the lowest rate since November...

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