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singapore1-081009.jpg Singapore's gross domestic product expanded 2.6 percent on year in the first quarter of 2015, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said in Tuesday's revision. That's up from the April 14 preliminary reading that called for an increase of 2.1 percent, which would have been unchanged from the previous...

Singapore's gross domestic product gained 2.6 percent on year in the first quarter of 2015, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said in Tuesday's revision. That's up from the April 14 preliminary reading that called for an increase of 2.1 percent, which would have been unchanged from the previous three...

Corporate service prices in Japan were up 0.7 percent on year in April, the Bank of Japan said on Tuesday. That beat forecasts for an increase of 0.6 percent following the downwardly revised 3.1 percent gain in March (originally 3.2 percent). On a monthly basis, prices eased 0.1 percent after advancing...

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg New Zealand posted a merchandise trade surplus of NZ$123 million in April, Statistics New Zealand said on Tuesday - representing 3.0 percent of exports. The headline figure beat forecasts for a surplus of NZ$98 million following the NZ$631 million surplus in March. Exports were down NZ$240 million...

New Zealand had a merchandise trade surplus of NZ$123 million in April, Statistics New Zealand said on Tuesday. That beat forecasts for a surplus of NZ$98 million following the NZ$631 million surplus in March. Exports were down 5.5 percent on year to NZ$4.17 billion versus forecasts for NZ$4.27...

Singapore will on Tuesday release final gross domestic product numbers for the first quarter of 2015, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. GDP is expected to have risen 2.2 percent on year in the first quarter - up from last month's preliminary reading of 2.1 percent, which...

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...

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