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The jobless rate in Japan came in at a seasonally adjusted 3.1 percent in August, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That was above forecasts for 3.0 percent, which would have been unchanged from the previous month. The job-to-applicant ratio was 1.37 - in line...

Industrial production in South Korea was down 2.4 percent on month in August, Statistics Korea said on Friday. That follows the downwardly revised 1.3 percent gain in July (originally 1.4 percent). On a yearly basis, industrial production advanced 2.3 percent after rising 1.6 percent in the previous...

Retail sales in South Korea climbed 2.0 percent on month in August, Statistics Korea said on Friday. That follows the upwardly revised 2.5 percent decline in July (originally -2.6 percent). On a yearly basis, retail sales spiked 6.0 percent following the upwardly revised 4.4 percent jump in the...

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg The total number of building consents in New Zealand issued in August was down a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent on month, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday - standing at 2,834. That follows the upwardly revised 8.1 percent contraction in July (originally -10.5 percent). Individually, there...

The total number of building permits in New Zealand issued in August was down a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent on month, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday - coming in at 2,834. That follows the upwardly revised 8.1 percent contraction in July (originally -10.5 percent). Individually, there...

Japan is scheduled to release a raft of data on Friday, headlining a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. On tap are August numbers for inflation, unemployment, household spending, industrial production, housing starts and construction orders. Inflation is expected to fall 0.5 percent on year...

PendingHomesales-092916.jpg After reporting a jump in U.S. pending home sales in the previous month, the National Association of Realtors released a report on Thursday showing a sharp pullback in pending home sales in the month of August. NAR said its pending home sales index tumbled by 2.4 percent to 108.5 in August after surging up by 1.2 percent to a revised 111.2 in July.

Taiwan's central bank held its key interest rate steady on Thursday, after four successive reductions, citing moderate global growth and renewed growth momentum in the domestic economy amid a mild inflation outlook. The Board of the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) left the benchmark...

USGDP-092916.jpg Primarily reflecting upward revisions to non-residential fixed investment, private inventory investment, and exports, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. gross domestic product increased by more than previously estimated in the second quarter. The report said second...

The Czech central bank left its key interest rate on Thursday, and reaffirmed its currency ceiling, in line with economists' expectations. The Czech National Bank Board kept the benchmark two-week repo rate at 0.05 percent. The discount rate was held steady at 0.05 percent and the lombard rate at...

joblessclaims-092916.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by less than expected in the week ended September 24th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims edged up to 254,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level of 251,000.

Primarily reflecting upward revisions to non-residential fixed investment, private inventory investment, and exports, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. gross domestic product increased by more than previously estimated in the second quarter.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by less than expected in the week ended September 24th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

euroeconomicconfidence-092916.jpg Eurozone economic sentiment rebounded strongly to an eight-month high in September from a five-month low in the previous month, mainly driven by the improvement in industrial and retailers' confidence, survey data from the European Commission showed Thursday. The economic sentiment index climbed to 104.9 from 103.5 in August. Economists had forecast an unchanged reading.

German consumer prices rose at the fastest pace in 16 months during September, preliminary data from Destatis showed Thursday. The consumer price index climbed 0.7 percent year-on-year following 0.4 percent increase in the each of the previous two months. Economists had forecast 0.6 percent inflation. The...

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