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Flash Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, reports for Eurozone, Germany and France and retail sales from the U.K. are the important economic data scheduled for release on Thursday. At 4 am ET, Markit Economics is scheduled to release Eurozone's flash composite PMI report. The flash composite PMI is...

The European Union is stronger today because of U.K 's contribution to it, European Central Bank's Jens Weidmann said in his speech at the annual dinner of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce. "The European economy is more open and dynamic as a result of Britain's commitment to open...

A leading indicator for Malaysia that predicts future economic performance in advance dropped in May after rising notably in the previous month, data from the Department of Statistics showed Thursday. The leading index eased 0.4 percent to 116.9 in May from 117.4 in the previous month. In March, the...

Argentina's trade surplus increased more than expected in June as imports declined more than exports, a report from the National Institute of Statistics and Census showed Wednesday. The trade surplus came in at $1.37 billion in June, more than the $1.35 billion expected by economists and the $1.26...

china1-230913.jpg China's manufacturing activity grew at the quickest pace in eighteen months in July, exceeding economists' expectations, results of a preliminary survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Thursday. The HSBC flash China manufacturing purchasing managers' index climbed to 52.0 in July from 50.7...

japanindustry-032910.jpg The expansion in Japan's manufacturing sector slowed slightly in July, Markit Economics said in Thursday's preliminary PMI reading - which came in with a score of 50.8. That was shy of forecasts for 52.0, and it was down from 51.5 in June. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in a sector, while...

Chinese manufacturing activity increased more than expected in July, results of a preliminary survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Thursday. The HSBC flash China manufacturing purchasing managers' index came in at 52.0 - more than the 51 score expected by economists and the 50.7 reading...

The expansion in Japan's manufacturing sector eased slightly in July, Markit Economics said in Thursday's preliminary PMI reading - which came in with a score of 50.8. That was shy of forecasts for 52.0, and it was down from 51.5 in June. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in a sector, while...

japanexports-112510.jpg Japan posted a merchandise trade deficit of822.2 billion yen in June, the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday - remaining in the red for a record 24th straight month. That missed forecasts for a shortfall of 642.9 billion yen following the 910.8 billion yen deficit in May. Exports were down 2.0...

skgdp-042610.jpg South Korea's gross domestic product expanded 3.6 percent on year in the second quarter of 2014, the Bank of Korea said in Thursday's preliminary estimate. That beat forecasts for an increase of 3.3 percent, although it slowed from the 3.9 percent gain in the first quarter. On a seasonally adjusted...

Japan saw a merchandise trade deficit of822.2 billion yen in June, the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday. That missed forecasts for a shortfall of 642.9 billion yen following the 910.8 billion yen deficit in May. Exports were down 2.0 percent on year, missing forecasts for an increase of 1.0...

NZtradebalance-082910.jpg New Zealand posted a merchandise trade surplus of NZ$247 million in June, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday - representing 5.9 percent of exports. That beat expectations for a surplus of NZ$100 million following the downwardly revised surplus of NZ$270 million in May (originally NZ$285 million). Exports...

South Korea's gross domestic product gained 3.6 percent on year in the second quarter of 2014, the Bank of Korea said in Thursday's preliminary estimate. That beat forecasts for an increase of 3.3 percent, although it slowed from the 3.9 percent gain in the first quarter. On a seasonally adjusted...

New Zealand saw a merchandise trade surplus of NZ$247 million in June, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday. That beat expectations for a surplus of NZ$100 million following the downwardly revised surplus of NZ$270 million in May (originally NZ$285 million). Exports were worth NZ$4.20 billion...

South Korea will on Thursday see an advance estimate for Q2 GDP, highlighting a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. Gross domestic product is expected to add 0.1 percent on quarter and 3.3 percent on year following the 0.9 percent quarterly increase and the 3.9 percent yearly gain in the previous...