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Producer prices in South Korea were flat on month in March, the Bank of Korea said on Thursday, following the upwardly revised 0.1 percent increase in February. Among the individual components, prices for agricultural, forestry and marine products were up 0.3 percent on month, while services added...

Singapore will on Thursday release March figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In February, imports were worth SGD36.10 billion and exports were at SGD40.39 billion for a trade surplus of SGD4.29 billion. Japan will see March...

janetyellen-041614.jpg The Federal Reserve will keep its benchmark interest rates at exceptionally low levels for a considerable time, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday. Yellen acknowledged that economic growth slowed over the winter, but suggested that a significant part of the weakness was due to unusually cold winter...

indusproduction-041614.jpg Industrial production in the U.S. rose by more than expected in the month of March, the Federal Reserve revealed in a report on Wednesday, with the report also showing a notable upward revision to the pace of production growth in the previous month. The report said industrial production increased by 0.7 percent in March after surging up by an upwardly revised 1.2 percent in February.

HousingStarts-041614.jpg Housing starts in the U.S. showed a notable increase in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday, although starts still came in well below economist estimates. The report showed that housing starts climbed 2.8 percent to an annual rate of 946,000 in March from the revised February estimate of 920,000.

Industrial production in the U.S. rose by more than expected in the month of March, the Federal Reserve revealed in a report on Wednesday, with the report also showing a notable upward revision to the pace of production growth in the previous month.

Housing starts in the U.S. showed a notable increase in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday, although starts still came in well below analyst estimates.

Economic expectations for Switzerland deteriorated notably in April, a survey carried out by Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in cooperation with Credit Suisse showed Wednesday. The corresponding indicator fell by 12 points to 7 in April. But it signals stable economic expectations. The...

Ukunemployment-041614.jpg The U.K. unemployment rate fell below the 7 percent threshold to a five-year low in February and average earnings finally moved above inflation reducing the squeeze on household finances. The jobless rate came in at 6.9 percent of the labor force, the lowest since February 2009, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Wednesday.

Malaysia consumer price inflation held steady at 3.5 percent in February, data from the Department of Statistics showed Wednesday. Cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages advanced 3.9 percent, while clothing and footwear dipped 0.1 percent. Housing and other utility cost moved up 3.6 percent and...

South Africa's retail sales in February increased less-than-expected from a year ago, data from Statistics South Africa showed Wednesday. Retail sales rose 2.2 percent year-on-year in February, after a sharp 6.4 percent increase in January. Economists had forecast a 3.8 percent increase. The latest...

Croatia's consumer prices dropped for a second successive month in March, figures from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics showed Wednesday. The consumer price index declined 0.4 percent year-on-year in March, following 0.6 percent decrease in February. Consumer prices declined annually in February...

Italy's foreign trade surplus advanced annually In February, figures from the statistical office Istat showed Wednesday. The trade surplus increased to EUR 2.623 billion in February from EUR 1.045 billion a year ago. In January, the country recorded a surplus of EUR 362 million. Exports grew by...

Italy's current account balance for February turned to surplus from a deficit in the same month last year, figures from the Bank of Italy revealed Wednesday. The current account showed a surplus of EUR 298 million versus a deficit of EUR 1.323 billion a year ago. The trade surplus grew significantly,...

A measure of the future economic situation in Spain dropped in February, after rising in the previous month, a survey by the Conference Board showed Wednesday. The think tank's leading economic index for Spain fell 0.2 percent monthly in February, after rising a revised 0.9 percent in January. In...