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An index measuring tertiary industrial activity in Japan was down a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent on month in February, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday - standing at 100.6. That was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.2 percent following the 0.9 percent jump in...

Japan will on Friday see February numbers for its tertiary industry index, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific activity. In January, the index was up 0.9 percent on month. Also, many of the regional bourses are closed in observance of Good Friday, including Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand,...

philadelphiaFed-041714.jpg Growth in Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity has accelerated by much more than anticipated in the month of April, according to the results of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Business Outlook Survey released on Thursday. The Philly Fed said its diffusion index of current activity climbed to 16.6 in April from 9.0 in March, with a positive reading indicating growth.

Growth in Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity has accelerated by much more than anticipated in the month of April, according to the results of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Business Outlook Survey released on Thursday.

Jobless-Claims-041714.jpg After reporting initial jobless claims at their lowest level in almost seven years in the previous week, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that claims rebounded slightly in the week ended April 12th. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims inched up to 304,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level of 302,000.

Belgium's consumer confidence weakened for a second consecutive month in April, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Thursday. The consumer confidence indicator fell to -9 from -8 in March. In February, the score was -4, unchanged from January. Households' view on the overall economic...

After reporting initial jobless claims at their lowest level in almost seven years in the previous week, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that claims rebounded slightly in the week ended April 12th.

Poland's producer prices sustained their declining trend in March and fell at a slightly faster-than-expected pace, figures from the statistical office showed Thursday. The producer price index dropped 1.3 percent annually, after a 1.4 percent fall in February. Economists were looking for a 1.2 percent...

Poland's industrial production in March grew less-than-expected from a year ago, figures from the statistical office showed Thursday. Industrial production rose 5.4 percent year-on-year, which was smaller than economists' forecast for a 6.4 percent gain. Manufacturing output grew 7.7 percent. Meanwhile,...

Brazil's jobless rate unexpectedly eased in March, figures from the statistical office IBGE showed Thursday. The unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent from 5.1 percent in February. Economists had forecast the figure to climb to 5.4 percent. A year ago, the rate was 5.7 percent. The number of...

The credit terms and conditions in euro-denominated securities eased during three months to February, survey data from the European Central Bank showed Thursday. "Across the entire range of securities financing and OTC derivatives transactions, offered price terms (such as financing rates/spreads)...

Serbia's central bank left interest rates unchanged for a fourth consecutive month in April, citing low inflation pressures and stable inflation expectations. The Executive Board of the National Bank of Serbia maintained the key policy rate at 9.5 percent. The rate was last changed in December, when...

The Japanese government downgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time since November 2012. In its monthly report released Thursday, the Cabinet Office said the Japanese economy is on a moderate recovery trend, while some weak movements are seen lately due to a reaction after a last-minute...

Portugal's producer prices declined for an eighth straight month in March, figures from Statistics Portugal showed Thursday. The producer price index fell 1.4 percent year-on-year, following a 1.5 percent decrease in the previous month. Producer prices have been falling since August last year. Month-on-month,...

A measure signaling turning points in India's economic cycles rose in March, after a decline in the previous month, the Conference Board said Thursday. The think tank's leading economic index for India rose 0.2 percent monthly in March, following a 0.4 percent fall in February. In January, the index...