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South Korea's official foreign reserves increased in June from the previous month, figures from Bank of Korea showed Friday. Official reserves rose to $374.7 billion in June from $371.5 billion in the previous month. Securities grew to $339.2 billion from $335.5 billion in the prior month. SDR's...

Malaysia's exports decreased at a slower-than-expected pace in May, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. Exports dropped 6.7 percent year-over-year in May, slower than economists' expectations of a 8.7 percent plunge. Shipments of electrical and electronics products, which...

India's private sector contracted for the first time in more than a year in June, survey data from Markit showed Friday. The Nikkei composite output index fell to 49.2 in June from 51.2 in May. The reading dropped below the 50 threshold for the first time since April 2014. Reductions in activity...

china1-230913.jpg The services sector in China continued to expand in June, but at a slower pace, the latest PMI from HSBC Bank showed on Friday, with a PMI score of 51.8. That's down from 53.5 in May, although it remains above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. The composite...

japantrade-042110.jpg The services sector in Japan continued to expand in June, and at a faster rate, the latest Nikkei Services PMI showed on Friday, with an eight-month high score of 51.8. That's up from 51.5 in May, and it moves further above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. The...

trade.jpg The total value of retail sales in Australia gained a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent on month in May, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Friday - coming in at A$24.154 billion. That was shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.5 percent following the downwardly revised 0.1 percent decline in...

The services sector in China continued to expand in June, albeit at a slower pace, the latest PMI from HSBC Bank showed on Friday, with a PMI score of 51.8. That's down from 53.5 in May, although it remains above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among the individual...

The services sector in Japan continued to expand in June, and at a faster rate, the latest Nikkei Services PMI showed on Friday, with a score of 51.8. That's up from 51.5 in May, and it moves further above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among the individual...

The total value of retail sales in Australia was up a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent on month in May, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Friday - coming in at A$24.154 billion. That was shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.5 percent following the downwardly revised 0.1 percent decline in...

The service sector in Australia swung to expansion in June, the latest survey from the Australian Industry Group showed on Friday, with a Performance of Service Index score of 51.2. That's up from 49.6 in May, and it moves back above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among...

Australia will on Friday release May figures for retail sales, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Sales are expected to add a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent on month following the flat reading in April. Australia also will see June results for the AiG Performance of...

factoryordrs-070215.jpg New orders for U.S. manufactured goods fell by much more than expected in the month of May, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday. The report said factory orders fell by 1.0 percent in May following a revised 0.7 percent decrease in April.

JoblessClaims-070215.jpg While the data was largely overshadowed by the release of the monthly jobs report, the Labor Department also released a report on Thursday showing an unexpected increase in initial jobless claims in the week ended June 27th.

UnemploymentRate-070215.jpg A closely watched Labor Department report released Thursday morning showed weaker than expected U.S. job growth in the month of June, although the unemployment rate still fell to a seven-year low.

The asset purchase programme of the European Central Bank provided sufficient flexibility and can be altered if needed, the minutes of the meeting held on June 2 and 3 showed Thursday. "As stated on previous occasions, the design of the APP provided sufficient flexibility for it to be adapted if...

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