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Japan is on Friday scheduled to release preliminary January readings for its leading and coincident indexes, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The leading index is expected to see a score of 105.8, up marginally from 105.6 in December. The coincident is tipped to rise to...

manufacturing-030411_05Mar15.jpg New orders for U.S. manufactured goods unexpectedly saw a modest decrease in the month of January, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday. The report said factory orders edged down by 0.2 percent in January.

Draghi-030515.jpg The European Central Bank will commence its bond purchases under an historic $1.1 trillion quantitative easing plan next week and expects the impact from it stimulus measures to return inflation to the euro area next year.

kenya-030515.jpg The Kenyan economy is set on a course for sustained growth in the years ahead, amid the falling oil prices and its 'accommodative monetary policy' to make it one of the fastest-growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a report published by the World Bank.

NonFarmProductivity-030515.jpg With output rising by less than previously estimated, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. labor productivity in the fourth quarter fell by more than initially reported.

JOblessClaims-030515.jpg In a somewhat troubling sign for the labor market ahead of tomorrow's monthly jobs report, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing an unexpected increase in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended February 28th.

The European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Thursday that the bank will start purchasing public sector bonds in the secondary market on March 9, under its $1.1 trillion quantitative easing scheme announced in January. The bank left the interest rates unchanged for a fifth consecutive...

With output rising by less than previously estimated, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. labor productivity in the fourth quarter fell by more than initially reported.

In a somewhat troubling sign for the labor market ahead of tomorrow's monthly jobs report, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing an unexpected increase in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended February 28th.

ECB-030515.jpg The European Central Bank on Thursday held its key interest rates unchanged at a record low for a fifth successive month as markets await the bank's President Mario Draghi to reveal the details of the historic $1.1 trillion quantitative easing announced in January.

BoE-030515.jpg The Bank of England kept its key rate unchanged at a historic low, a stance it has persisted with at every policy meeting since March 2009, when it cut the rate to confront recession at the peak of financial crisis. The nine-member Monetary Policy Committee decided to retain the key bank rate at 0.50 percent, marking its sixth anniversary of no change.

The European Central Bank on Thursday held its key interest rates unchanged at a record low for a fifth successive session. The Governing Council held the refinancing rate at a record low 0.05 percent, following its meeting in the Cypriot capital Nicosia, in line with economists' expectations. The...

The Bank of England kept its key interest rate at a record low for the sixth straight year and quantitative easing unchanged on Thursday. The Monetary Policy Committee of the BoE decided to retain the key bank rate at 0.50 percent and the size of asset purchases at GBP 375 billion at the end of the...

Greece's jobless rate climbed in December for the first time in four months, while economists had expected it to ease, figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority showed Thursday. The unemployment rate rose to 26 percent from 25.9 percent in the previous two months. Economists had forecast a...

Malaysia's central bank keeps key rate unchanged as widely expected by economists on Thursday. At the Monetary Policy Committee meeting, Bank Negara Malaysia retained its key rate at 3.25 percent. Policymakers said the stance of monetary policy remains accommodative and supportive of economic activity....

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