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Hong Kong's foreign trade deficit increased notably in April from a year ago, as imports grew faster than exports, data from the Census and Statistics Department showed Monday. The trade deficit rose to HK$46.9 billion in April from HK$34.1 billion in the corresponding month last year. However, the...

Sweden's foreign trade deficit increased in April from a year ago, as imports grew faster than exports, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Monday. The trade deficit rose to SEK 6.5 billion in April from SEK 3.0 billion in the corresponding month last year. Both exports and imports surged by...

Slovakia's producer price inflation accelerated in April after easing in the previous month, figures from the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic showed Monday. Industrial producer prices climbed 1.5 percent year-over-year in April, faster than the 1.0 increase in March. The measure has been...

Finland's consumer confidence improved in May after falling in the previous two months, figures from Statistics Finland showed Monday. The consumer confidence index rose to 24.8 in May from 23.2 in April. Compared with April, views concerning household's own economy and saving possibilities improved...

Singapore's producer prices remained flat in April after rising in the previous month, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Monday. The manufactured product price index showed no variations in April from last year, following a 1.4 percent rise in March. The domestic supply price index...

China's industrial profit growth quickened markedly in April, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Monday. Industrial profits surged 21.9 percent year-over-year in April, well above the 3.1 percent increase in March. In the first four months of this year, industrial profits advanced...

Producer prices in Japan jumped 0.9 percent on year in April, the Bank of Japan said on Monday. That topped expectations for an increase of 0.5 percent, which would have been unchanged from the March reading. On a monthly basis, producer prices were up 0.1 percent after climbing 0.5 percent a month...

Japan will on Monday release April numbers for producer prices, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Producer prices are tipped to add 0.3 percent on year, slowing from 0.5 percent in March. Hong Kong will provide April figures for imports, exports and trade balance. In March,...

The Brazilian government has reached an agreement Thursday night with truck drivers to suspend their strike for 15 days. The deal should buy some time for politicians to find a way to cut fuel prices, but part of the drivers rejected the proposal, and president Michel Temer ordered national security...

The Brazilian Treasury Department announced three extraordinary debt auctions for next week, in response to "current market conditions" and to "support the local public debt markets" functioning. The Treasury Department said that it would launch auctions to purchase or to purchase and sell NTN-F -...

Ibovespa, the benchmark stock market index in Brazil, fell 1.52% to 78,897.66 points Friday - the lowest closing level since January 10, amid fears that the Brazilian government will be unable to defuse protests from truck drivers against high and volatile diesel oil prices. In the week, Ibovespa decreased...

Colcap, the benchmark stock market index in Colombia, fell 0.13%, to 1,526.36 points, with traders adopting a defensive stance before the first round of the country's presidential elections. In the week, the Colcap fell 0.38%. Rodrigo Sanchez, an analyst at Ultraserfinco, said that the index reflected...

Brazilian President Michel Temer ordered national security forces to clear all of the roads that are currently blocked by truck drivers. His decision came after some truck drivers refused to end the demonstrations against high diesel oil prices in spite of the government's commitment to lower federal...

Brazil is still under a mild economic recovery, but the outlook for the future is "uninspiring" if the country refrains from adopting structural reforms, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). "The output gap is large, public debt is high and increasing, and, more importantly, medium-term...

The one-day interbank deposit futures rates (DI rates) in Brazil are unchanged in the start of the session, as traders analyze the consequences of a deal between the government and truck drivers to end a five-day strike that led to fuel and food shortages in Brazilian cities. The January 2019 DI contract...

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