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The unemployment rate in Taiwan edged down in August, less than the consensus estimate, data from the Directorate General of Budget Accounting and Statistics, or DGBAS, showed Monday. The jobless rate decreased marginally to 3.94 percent in August from 3.95 percent in July. Economists had forecast...

Consumer confidence in New Zealand took a bit of a hit in the third quarter of 2014, the latest survey from Westpac Bank revealed on Monday, with an index score of 116.7. That's down from 121.2 in the second quarter, although it remains comfortably above the line of 100 that separates optimism from...

Hong Kong will on Monday release August inflation data and Q2 current account figures, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In July, the inflation rate was 4.0 percent, while the current account deficit in Q1 was 6.23 billion Hong Kong dollars. Japan will announce August...

leadingindex-091914.jpg While the Conference Board released a report on Friday showing a continued increase by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators in the month of August, the pace of growth showed a significant slowdown compared to the previous month.

While the Conference Board released a report on Friday showing a continued increase by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators in the month of August, the pace of growth showed a significant slowdown compared to the previous month.

Belgium's consumer confidence stabilized in September at the one-year low marked in August, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium revealed Friday. Consumers' grew more pessimistic regarding the economic situation in Belgium and the relevant index fell to -6 from -5. On the other hand,...

Latvia's industrial producer prices rose at a slower annual rate in August than in the previous month, figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Friday. The producer price index rose 0.5 percent annually after a 0.7 percent gain in July. Prices increase for the third successive month....

European Central Bank Executive Board Member Benoit Coeure and a Germany's Deputy Labor Minister Joerg Asmussen have urged Germany to cut taxes on wages and promote investment to revive the euro area economy. In a jointly-authored opinion piece for the German daily Berliner Zeitung and the French...

Iceland's economy recovered in the second quarter, figures from Statistics Iceland showed Friday. Gross domestic product, or GDP, rose 2.4 percent year-over-year in the second quarter. This follows a 1.3 percent drop in the first quarter. On a sequential basis, GDP fell 1.2 percent, which was faster...

Slovenia's output prices declined at a stable rate in August, figures from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia showed Friday. Output prices fell 0.6 percent year-over-year in August, the same rate as in July. This marked the twelfth consecutive month of drop in prices. Output prices...

Eurozone's current account surplus was largely unchanged from the previous month in July, data from the European Central Bank showed Friday. The current account surplus slightly rose to EUR 18.7 billion from EUR 18.6 billion in June. The goods trade account surplus fell to EUR 10.7 billion from...

Dutch household spending increased in July, a report from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Friday. Spending on goods and services rose 0.5 percent year-over-year in July, after remaining unchanged in June and May. Household spending on services delivered, accounting for more than 50 percent...

Germany's producer prices decreased at a stable rate as expected in August, data from Destatis showed Friday. Producer prices fell 0.8 percent year-over-year in August, the same rate as in July. This was in line with the consensus estimate. Prices of intermediate goods decreased by 0.4 percent...

Japan's leading index was revised downwards in July, final data from the Cabinet Office showed Friday. The leading index rose to 105.4 in July, which was revised down from 106.5. In June, the index was at 104.7. Meanwhile, the coincident index, which measures the current economic situation, confirmed...

Japan's all industry activity declined at a slower rate in July, defying expectations of remaining flat, figures from the the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed Friday. The all industry activity index fell 0.2 percent month-over-month in July following the 0.3 percent drop in June. Economists...