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Service sector PMI data from major eurozone countries and eurozone retail sales are among the important economic data due to be released on Wednesday. At 4 am ET, Markit Economics will release its final services PMI and composite PMI figures for the eurozone. The services PMI is expected to be confirmed...

japanexports-112510.jpg The services sector in Japan contracted in August, albeit barely, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday with a purchasing managers' index score of 49.9. That was down from 50.4 in July, and it slipped below the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among...

Private sector activity in Hong Kong declined in August after growing in the previous month, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Wednesday. The HSBC purchasing managers' index dropped to 49.6 in August from 50.4 in July. This signaled a decline in private sector activity,...

chinatrade-041111.jpg China's service sector expanded in August after showing no change in July, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed showed Wednesday. The HSBC services business activity index increased to 54.1 in August from 50 in July. This indicated expansion as the index came in above the no-change...

China's service sector activity improved in August after stagnating in the previous month, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed showed Wednesday. The HSBC services business activity index rose to 54.1 in August from 50.0 in July. A score above 50 signals expansion in service...

trade.jpg Australia's gross domestic product climbed a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That beat forecasts for an increase of 0.4 percent following the 1.1 percent gain in the previous three months. The terms...

China's non-manufacturing business activity grew at a marginally faster rate in August, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Wednesday. The non-manufacturing business activity index edged up to 54.4 in August from 54.2 in July. This indicated continued expansion, though at a faster...

The services sector in Japan contracted in August, albeit barely, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday with a purchasing managers' index score of 49.9. That was down from 50.4 in July, and it slipped below the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among...

Australia's gross domestic product expanded a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That beat forecasts for an increase of 0.4 percent following the 1.1 percent gain in the previous three months. The terms...

The service sector in Australia continued to contract in August, albeit barely, the Australia Industry Group revealed on Wednesday with a performance of service index score of 49.4. That's up marginally from 49.3 in July, and it remains just under the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion...

British shop prices were down 1.6 percent on year in August, the British Retail Consortium said on Wednesday. That beat expectations for a decline of 0.2 percent following the 1.9 percent fall in July. Food prices gained just 0.3 percent in August, unchanged from the record low in the previous...

newzea-retail-012111.jpg The value of all building in New Zealand added a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2014, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday. The unadjusted value of all building activity in Q2 was NZ$3.8 billion, including NZ$2.3 billion residential building work, and NZ$1.4...

The value of all building in New Zealand was up a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2014, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday - standing at NZ3.8 billion. That beat expectations for a flat reading on quarter following the downwardly revised 15.0 percent surge...

Australia will on Wednesday release Q2 figures for gross domestic product, highlighting a bust day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. GDP is expected to have risen 0.4 percent on quarter and 3.0 percent on year, slowing from 1.1 percent on quarter and 3.5 percent on year in the previous three months. Australia...

Construction-030411_02Sep14.jpg After reporting an unexpected drop in U.S. construction spending in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Tuesday showing that construction spending rebounded by more than expected in the month of July.