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Japan had a merchandise trade deficit of 958.3 billion yen in September, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. That missed forecasts for a shortfall of 780.0 billion yen following the 949.7 billion yen deficit in August. Exports were up 6.9 percent on year, beating estimates for a gain of...

A leading economic index for Australia was down 0.2 percent on month in August, the Conference Board said on Wednesday, following the 0.5 percent gain in July. Among the individual components of the survey, yield spread, sales to inventories ratio and money supply were higher, while share prices were...

Japan will on Wednesday release September figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Imports are expected to rise 2.7 percent on year after falling 1.4 percent in August. Exports are called higher by 6.5 percent after shedding 1.3...

ExistingHomeSales-102114.jpg Existing home sales in the U.S. increased by more than anticipated in the month of September, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Tuesday, with sales bouncing back to their highest level in a year.

Existing home sales in the U.S. increased by more than anticipated in the month of September, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Tuesday, with sales bouncing back to their highest level in a year.

The European Central Bank is reportedly considering buying corporate bonds on the secondary market, reports said Tuesday. The central bank may take a decision regarding the matter as soon as December with an aim to start the purchases early next year, Reuters reported citing four unidentified sources...

Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Philip Lowe said he is concerned about overall level of interest rates as it has boosted asset prices globally. Although low interest rate is entirely appropriate to help balancing the Australian economy, "we all need to be cognisant of how risk is changing,"...

Latvia's industrial producer prices rose at a slower annual rate in September, figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Tuesday. The producer price index rose 0.3 percent year-on-year after climbing 0.5 percent in August. Prices increased for a fourth straight month. Prices in the...

The Eurozone 2013 budget deficit was lower than previous estimates, according to data based on European System of Accounts 2010 methodology. The budget deficit came in at 2.9 percent of GDP in 2013 instead of 3 percent calculated under ESA95 methodology, Eurostat reported Tuesday. The deficit...

China's real estate investment growth slowed further in September even after the government relaxed some restrictions for the property market recently. Real estate investment grew 12.5 percent year-on-year in the first nine months of the year, the National Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday. The pace...

Japan's government downgraded its economic view for the second month in a row in its monthly report released Tuesday. In the latest October report, the Cabinet Office said the economy is on a moderate recovery, while weakness can be seen recently. This compares with its view last month that the...

Greece's current account surplus for August increased from the same month last year, figures from the Bank of Greece showed Tuesday. The current account surplus rose to EUR 1.8 billion from EUR 1.2 billion a year ago. This increase was mainly due to higher services surplus in August. The surplus...

The U.K. budget deficit increased in September from last year, data published by the Office for National Statistics showed Tuesday. Public sector net borrowing excluding interventions totaled GBP 11.8 billion in September, an increase of GBP 1.6 billion from the same period of last year. This increase...

Hong Kong's consumer price inflation rose more-than-expected in September, figures from the Census and Statistics Department showed Tuesday. The consumer price index rose 6.6 percent year-on-year following a 3.9 percent climb in August. Economists had forecast a 6.2 percent increase. The larger...

Hungary's employee wage growth slowed notably in August from a year ago, figures from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed Tuesday. Gross earnings rose 2.2 percent year-on-year in August, slower than July's 3 percent rise. In June, earnings went up 3.7 percent. Net earnings also increased...