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Consumer confidence in the United Kingdom held fast in February, the latest survey from research firm GfK showed on Friday with an index score of +1. That was unchanged from the January reading, although it was shy of expectations for +2. The February score also matches the highest index reading...

The total value of retail sales in Japan was down 2.0 percent on year in January, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday - coming in at 11.485 trillion yen. That missed forecasts for a decline of 1.2 percent following the 0.1 percent gain in December. Sales from large retailers...

Industrial output in Japan was up 4.0 percent on month in January, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday. That beat forecasts for an increase of 2.7 percent following the 0.8 percent increase in December. On a yearly basis, industrial production dipped 2.0 percent - but that...

Consumer prices in Japan were up 2.4 percent on year in January, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - in line with expectations and unchanged from the December reading. Core consumer prices were up 2.2 percent on year, below forecasts for 2.3 percent and down from 2.5...

The jobless rate in Japan came in at a seasonally adjusted 3.6 percent in January, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That missed forecasts for 3.4 percent, which would have been unchanged from the December reading. The job-to-applicant ration dipped to 1.10 - also...

The average of household spending in Japan was down 5.1 percent on year in January, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday, standing at 289,847 yen. That missed forecasts for a decline of 4.1 percent following the 3.4 percent contraction in December. The average of monthly...

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg The total number of building permits issued in New Zealand fell a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent on month in January, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday, coming in at 1,703. That included 314 consents for apartments, plus 1,389 permits for non-apartment dwellings. The headline figure follows...

The total number of building permits issued in New Zealand was down a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent on month in January, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday, standing at 1,703. That follows the downwardly revised 2.3 percent decline in December (originally -2.1 percent). Excluding apartments,...

Japan is scheduled to release a raft of data on Friday, setting the pace for a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. On tap are January numbers for consumer prices, household spending, unemployment, industrial production, retail sales, housing starts, construction orders and vehicle production. Inflation...

DurableGoodsOrders-022615.jpg Reflecting a notable rebound in orders for transportation equipment, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. durable goods orders increased by much more than expected in the month of January.

CPI-022615.jpg With energy prices showing another substantial decrease, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. consumer prices fell by slightly more than expected in the month of January.

JoblessClaims-022615.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by much more than expected in the week ended February 21st, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims jumped to 313,000.

Reflecting a notable rebound in orders for transportation equipment, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. durable goods orders increased by more than expected in the month of January.

With energy prices showing another substantial decrease, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. consumer prices fell by slightly more than expected in the month of January.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by much more than expected in the week ended February 21st, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

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