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Latvia's producer price inflation slowed in March, after accelerating in the previous month, figures from the Central Statistical Bureau showed Wednesday. The producer price index rose 0.6 percent year-on-year, following 1 percent gain in February. In January, prices climbed 0.6 percent. Domestic...

Germany's leading index continued to climb in March, suggesting continued economic expansion in Eurozone's largest economy, a survey by the Conference Board showed Wednesday. The think tank's leading economic index advanced 0.3 percent in February, after a 0.6 percent increase in January. In December,...

South Africa's consumer price inflation rose slightly in March to hit the ceiling of the central bank's target range, the Statistics South Africa said Wednesday. The consumer price index advanced 6.0 percent year-on-year in March, following a 5.9 percent increase in February. Economists had expected...

Policymakers of the Bank of England unanimously decided to maintain the key bank rate at a historic low of 0.50 percent and monetary stimulus at GBP 375 billion, the minutes of meeting held on April 9 showed Wednesday. "With unemployment remaining above the 7 percent threshold, the Committee's August...

BankofThailand-042314.jpg Thailand's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, after trimming it in the previous month amid the lingering political impasse. The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Thailand voted 6-1 to leave the main policy rate unchanged at 2 percent, which is the lowest level since December 2010. The decision was in line with economists' expectations.

Growth in the Eurozone private sector economy accelerated at its fastest pace in almost three years in April, survey data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The composite output index rose unexpectedly to 54.0 in April from 53.1 in March. The latest reading was the highest since May 2011. Economists...

Germany's private sector growth improved at a solid pace at the start of the second quarter, flash survey data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The composite output index rose to 56.3 in April from 54.3 in March. The latest reading was the second-highest in nearly three years and stretched...

South Africa's leading index fell in February, following an increase in the previous month, survey results from the South African Reserve Bank showed Wednesday. The leading index declined to 99.6 in February from 100.2 in January. In December, the final reading was 99.9. Among the eleven components...

The French private sector expanded for a second month in April, but the pace of expansion eased from March, flash survey data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The flash composite output index fell to 50.5 from 51.8 in March. But the score above 50 indicates expansion in the sector. Weaker rates...

Singapore's consumer price inflation rose more than expected in March from a 4-year low, data showed Wednesday. Inflation increased sharply to 1.2 percent in March from a 4-year low rate of 0.4 percent in February, figures from the Department of Statistics Singapore revealed. Economists had forecast...

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said inflation may exceed the official estimate in the fiscal year ended March.

newzea-retail-012111.jpg Total credit card spending in New Zealand jumped a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent on month in March, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand said on Wednesday - coming in at NZ$3.062 billion. That was up sharply from the upwardly revised 0.4 percent increase in February (originally 0.3 percent). Domestic...

Total credit card spending in New Zealand was up a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent on month in March, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand said on Wednesday - coming in at NZ$3.062 billion. That was up sharply from the upwardly revised 0.4 percent increase in February )(originally 0.3 percent). On a...

china1-230913.jpg An index monitoring manufacturing activity in China posted a score of 48.3 in April, the latest survey from HSBC and Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday. That was in line with forecasts and up from 48.0 in March - although the index remains below the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion in a sector from contraction. The manufacturing output index saw a score of 48.0 in April.

trade.jpg Consumer prices in Australia collected 0.6 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That was weaker than forecasts for 0.8 percent, which would have been unchanged from the previous three months. The most significant price rises this...