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Greece's government on Monday ruled out imposing controls over capital flows over the upcoming long weekend, after an opposition lawmaker suggested the move if the country fails to strike a deal with its creditors soon. Gabriel Sakellaridis, the spokesman for the Greek government, reportedly said...

Latvia's producer prices dropped for the fourth straight month in April, the Central Statistical Bureau said Monday. The annual rate of decline accelerated to 0.6 percent in April from 0.3 percent in March. The producer price index has been declining since January. Producer prices of goods sold...

The Chinese government has decided to cut import tariffs on consumer goods such as cosmetics, shoes, clothes and diapers in June, in a bid to boost domestic consumption amid slowing economic growth. Import taxes on some products will be lowered by an average over 50 percent, starting June 1, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Monday.

African economies are expected to expand at a faster pace this year but lower oil prices and uncertain global conditions could delay an expected return to pre-crisis growth levels, the African Economic Outlook 2015 said Monday. African economies will grow by 4.5 percent in 2015 and may reach 5 percent...

Taiwan's commercial sales declined more-than-expected in April, falling for a second straight month, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Monday. Sales of trade and food services dropped 1.97 percent year-on-year following a 0.59 percent decline in March. Economists had expected a...

Taiwan's industrial output growth eased more than expected in April, data published by the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Monday. Industrial production grew 1.06 percent on a yearly basis in April. Economists had forecast the annual growth to slow to 4.1 percent from revised 6.65 percent in...

Malaysia's unemployment rate declined and labor force participation improved in March, the Department of Statistics reported Monday. The jobless rate dropped to 3 percent in March from 3.2 percent in February. This decline reflects a fall of 24,100 in number of unemployed. In March 2014, the unemployment...

Czech economic sentiment improved for the first time in five months, survey figures from the Czech Statistical Office showed Monday. The economic sentiment indicator rose to 10.4 from 10 registered in April and March. It equaled the reading in February and was the highest since January's 11.5. The...

Spain's producer prices declined at a slower pace in April, data from the statistical office INE showed Monday. Producer prices fell 1 percent year-on-year in April after decreasing revised 1.3 percent in March. This was the tenth consecutive fall in producer prices. Excluding energy, producer...

Finland's producer prices continue to drop in April, data from Statistics Finland showed Monday. The producer price index for manufactured products fell 0.3 percent in April from last year, but slower than the 0.8 percent decrease seen in March. Prices declined at the slowest pace since October. Producer...

The Japan economy is expected to continue recovering moderately, the Bank of Japan said in its monthly report on Monday. The bank provided optimistic view on private spending and housing investment. Private consumption is expected to remain resilient with steadily improving employment and income...

Singapore consumer prices declined further in April largely on account of a decline in oil-related products and a moderation in services inflation, data published by Ministry of Trade and Industry showed Monday. Consumer prices fell by 0.5 percent from last year, confounding expectations for an increase...

japantrade-042110.jpg Japan posted a merchandise trade deficit of 53.44 billion yen in April, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. The headline figure beat expectations for a deficit of 386.8 billion yen following the upwardly revised 50 billion yen surplus in March (originally 3.3 billion). Exports climbed 8.0 percent...

Japan had a merchandise trade deficit of 53.44 billion yen in April, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. That beat expectations for a deficit of 386.8 billion yen following the 3.3 billion yen surplus in March. Exports climbed 8.0 percent on year - also topping forecasts for an increase of...

Japan will on Monday release April figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In March, imports were down 14.5 percent on year, while exports climbed 8.5 percent for a trade surplus of 229.3 billion yen. Singapore will provide April...

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