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British households perceived that the value of their homes increased again in March, survey figures from IHS Markit and Knight Frank showed Friday. The Knight Frank/Markit House Price Sentiment Index, or HPSI, came in at 57.5 in March, the same reading as in February. However, any reading above...

The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand in March, albeit at a slower rate, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Friday with a PMI score of 52.6. That's down from 53.3 in February, although it remains above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Individually,...

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg New Zealand posted a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$18 million in February, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday. That missed forecasts for a surplus of NZ$180 million following the upwardly revised NZ$257 million deficit in January (originally -NZ$285 million). Exports were down 5.5 percent...

New Zealand had a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$18 million in February, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday. That missed forecasts for a surplus of NZ$180 million following the upwardly revised NZ$257 million deficit in January (originally -NZ$285 million). Imports were worth NZ$4.02 billion,...

New Zealand will on Friday release February figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Imports are expected to be worth NZ$3.99 billion, down from NZ$4.19 billion in January. Exports are pegged at NZ$4.20 billion, up from NZ$3.91 billion...

NewHomeSales-032317.jpg New home sales in the U.S. saw a substantial increase in the month of February, the Commerce Department revealed in a report on Thursday, with sales jumping to their highest level in seven months. The report said new home sales spiked by 6.1 percent to an annual rate of 592,000 in February.

Taiwan central bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Thursday, as expected, for a third straight session. The central bank kept the discount rate at 1.375 percent. Growth remains modest while inflation remains contained, suggesting that there is hardly any reason for a change in the monetary...

joblessclaims-032317.jpg A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed an unexpected increase in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended March 18th. The report said initial jobless claims climbed to 258,000.

ECB-032317.jpg Euro area economic recovery is steadily firming and the trend is likely to continue with growth firming and broadening going ahead, the European Central Bank said Thursday.

A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed an unexpected increase in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended March 18th.

UK-RetailSales-032317.jpg UK retail sales increased for the first time in four months in February despite high inflation squeezing purchasing power of consumers. The retail sales volume grew 1.4 percent month-on-month in February, reversing a 0.5 percent fall in January, the Office for National Statistics said Thursday.

Malaysia's economy may expand at a faster pace this year, thanks to the recovery in global commodity prices and the continued growth of domestic demand, the country's central bank said Thursday. The Malaysian economy is projected to register sustained growth of 4.3-4.8 percent this year, Bank Negara...

Bulgaria's money supply growth moderated in February, figures from the Bulgarian National Bank showed Thursday. M3, the broad measure of money supply, climbed 7.3 percent year-over-year in February, slower than the 7.6 percent rise in January. At the same time, the annual growth in the narrow measure,...

UK retailers reported a steady pace of expansion in sales volume in March and forecast it to accelerate in April, according to the latest monthly Distributive Trades Survey. The retail sales balance came in at +9 percent in March, the same as in February, but well above the expected level of 4 percent,...

Croatia's unemployment rate decreased for the first time in five months in February, though marginally, figures from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics showed Thursday. The registered jobless rate dropped to 15.3 percent in February from 15.4 percent in the preceding month. In the corresponding...

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