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LeadingIndicatorIndex-042114.jpg Leading U.S. economic indicators showed continued improvement in the month of March, according to a report released by the Conference Board on Monday, with the leading economic index rising by slightly more than expected. The Conference Board said its leading economic index rose by 0.8 percent in March after climbing by 0.5 percent in February.

Leading U.S. economic indicators showed continued improvement in the month of March, according to a report released by the Conference Board on Monday, with the leading economic index rising by slightly more than expected.

Philippine inflation targets for 2014 to 2016 were kept unchanged as it remain consistent with current inflation dynamics, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said in a report on Monday. The Development Budget Coordination Committee maintained the inflation target for 2014 at 3-5 percent and that for...

Malta's retail price inflation increased for the second straight month in March, figures from the National Statistical Office showed Monday. The retail price index moved up 1.11 percent annually in March, following a 1.08 percent increase in February. In January, prices rose only 0.65 percent. On...

Taiwan's export orders grew more than expected in March driven by huge demand from Japan and Eurozone, official data showed Monday. Export orders advanced 5.9 percent in March from last year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Orders were expected to rise by 4.7 percent. On a monthly...

Estonia's construction prices took a downturn in the first quarter after three years of growth, Statistics Estonia said Monday. Construction prices edged down 0.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013. Compared to the previous year, construction prices advanced 2.3 percent. The construction...

Estonia's producer price index continued to fall in March, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Monday. The producer price index declined 2.6 percent year-on-year in March, following 0.9 percent drop in February. Within PPI, prices of electricity, gas and air conditioning supply plunged 20.3...

Japan's corporate loan demand decreased in the first quarter for the first time in three quarters, the latest Senior Loan Officer Opinion survey from the Bank of Japan showed Monday. The balance of demand for loans from firms fell to 5 from 8 in the previous survey period. Loan officers cited the...

Italy's government lowered tax on low income earners so as to boost household income and domestic demand. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday said the reduction will help about 10 million tax payers. He said the move will reduce taxes by around EUR 80 per month, starting May, for people earning...

Slovenia's output prices continued to decline in March, figures from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia showed Friday. Output prices fell 0.9 percent year-on-year in March, after a 1 percent decline in February. Prices have been falling since September last year. Domestic market...

Italy's hourly wages remained flat in March from February, the statistical office Istat said Friday. The wage growth slowed to 0.1 percent in February from 0.6 percent in January. On a yearly basis, hourly wages rose 1.4 percent for the third consecutive month in March. Consequently, during January...

The Conference Board's leading economic index for France declined in February, after increasing in the previous four months, data showed Friday. The recent behavior of the composite indexes suggests that France's economy is likely to moderately improve through the first half of 2014, the Conference...

Italy's industrial orders declined for a second time in three months in February, data from the statistical office Istat showed Friday. Industrial orders dropped 3.1 percent from a month ago as both domestic and foreign demand deteriorated in February. The decline reversed January's revised 4.7 percent...

Dutch consumer confidence improved for the seventh consecutive month in April, as households remained positive regarding the economic situation, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Friday. The consumer confidence rose to -5 from -7 in March, in line with expectations of economists. The...

Chile central bank maintained its key rate late Thursday as inflation accelerated after lowering the interest rates over the last few months. The Board of the Central Bank of Chile decided to hold the key rate at 4 percent. The bank has lowered the rate by 100 basis points since last October. The...