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trade.jpg A leading economic index for Australia gained for the third straight month in February, the latest survey from the Conference Board showed on Tuesday, gaining 0.5 percent. That follows the 0.4 percent increase in January and the 0.5 percent gain in December. For the six-month period ending in February,...

japantrade-042110.jpg The total value of retail sales in Japan tumbled 9.7 percent on year in March, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Tuesday - coming in at 12.396 trillion yen. That missed forecasts for a decline of 7.5 percent following the 1.7 percent contraction in February. Sales from large retailers...

A leading economic index for Australia advanced for the third straight month in February, the latest survey from the Conference Board showed on Tuesday, gaining 0.5 percent. That follows the 0.4 percent increase in January. For the six-month period ending in February, the index collected 0.6 percent...

The total value of retail sales in Japan was down 9.7 percent on year in March, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Tuesday - coming in at 12.396 trillion yen. That missed forecasts for a decline of 7.5 percent following the 1.7 percent contraction in February. Sales from large...

Japan will on Tuesday release March figures for retail trade, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Retail sales are expected to add 0.6 percent on month but fall 7.5 percent on year after rising 0.7 percent on month and losing 1.7 percent on year in February. Sales from large...

Italy's Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Monday that there were no discussions taking place among European policymakers regarding an alternative plan for Greece, if talks with donors failed, and urged Greek authorities to hasten with reform proposals to reach a deal with creditors to access...

japan-fitch-042715.jpg Fitch Ratings downgraded sovereign ratings of Japan citing the lack of structural measures to replace the deferred sales tax hike. The credit rating was lowered to 'A' from 'A+' and the outlook on the rating was stable. Fitch had placed Japan's issuer default ratings on Rating Watch Negative on December 9, 2014.

The German economy is set to grow around 2.25 percent this year but the consumption-driven growth is likely to be short-lived, the IW Cologne economic institute said in a report on Monday. The growth rate projected by the institute is bigger than the 1.8 percent estimated by the government. The institute...

Montenegro's foreign trade deficit widened in the first three months of the year, figures from the Montenegro Statistical Office showed Monday. The trade deficit rose to EUR 282.29 million in the three-month period to March from EUR 272.16 million in the corresponding period last year. Exports...

British manufacturers expect output and new orders growth to firm up and exports are forecast to grow at the strongest pace since July 2014, the quarterly Industrial Trends Survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Monday. However, the number of firms highlighting orders or sales as...

Bulgaria's money supply growth eased slightly in March, figures from the Bulgarian National Bank showed Monday. M3, the broad measure of money supply, rose 1.9 percent year-over-year in March, slower than previous month's 2.0 percent climb. At the same time, annual growth in the narrow measure,...

Finland's business confidence remained unchanged in April, survey figures from the Confederation of Finnish Industries or EK showed Monday. The manufacturing confidence index came in at -7 in April, unchanged from the previous month. The score was still below its long-term average of +1. Slight...

Finland's retail sales remained unchanged in March from a year ago, preliminary figures from Statistics Finland showed Monday. Retail sales value showed no variations in March from the previous year. At the same time, retail sales volume grew by 0.7 percent. The agency is set to release final data...

Finland's consumer confidence improved for the seventh consecutive month in April, survey figures from Statistics Finland showed Monday. The consumer confidence index climbed to 11.4 in April from 11.2 in the previous month. The latest score was the strongest since May 2012, when the score was 12.0. The...

Germany's import prices continued to decline in March but the pace of decrease slowed for the second month, data from Destatis showed Monday. Import prices fell by less-than-expected 1.4 percent in March from last year, following a 3 percent drop in February. Prices were expected to fall 2 percent....

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