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japanindustry-032910.jpg The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to grow in September, albeit at a slower pace, preliminary survey results from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday with a PMI score of 51.7. That's down from 52.2 in August, although it remains above the line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. "September...

The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand in September, albeit at a slower pace, preliminary survey results from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday with a PMI score of 51.7. That's down from 52.2 in August, although it remains above the line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among...

retail-090312.jpg Australia's economy continued to expand in July, the Conference Board's latest leading index revealed on Wednesday - gaining 0.5 percent. That followed the 0.4 percent increase in June, with building approvals and money supply making the largest positive contribution in July. With the July increase,...

Australia's economy continued to expand, the Conference Board's latest leading index revealed on Wednesday - gaining 0.5 percent in July. That followed the 0.4 percent increase in June. With the July increase, the six-month growth rate in the leading economic index between January and July stands...

NZtradebalance-082910.jpg New Zealand posted a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$472 million in August, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday - representing 13 percent of exports. That beat forecasts for a deficit of NZ$1.125 billion following the downwardly revised NZ$724 billion shortfall in July (originally NZ$692 million). Exports...

The Malaysia stock market has tracked lower now in consecutive trading days, dipping almost 10 points or 0.6 percent along the way. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index closed just above the 1,840-point plateau, and the market is tipped to extend its losses on Wednesday. The global forecast for the Asian...

New Zealand had a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$472 million in August, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday. That beat forecasts for a deficit of NZ$1.125 billion following the downwardly revised NZ$724 billion shortfall in July (originally NZ$692 million). Exports were worth NZ$3.52 billion,...

New Zealand will on Wednesday release August numbers for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic news. The trade balance is expected to show a deficit of NZ$1.125 billion after posting a deficit of NZ$692 million in July. Imports are tipped to come in...

The Hungarian central bank left its key interest rate unchanged at a record low for the second consecutive month in September, citing the spare capacity in the economy and the outlook for moderate inflation. The Monetary Council of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank on Tuesday maintained its key rate at 2.10...

EurozonePMI-092314.jpg Eurozone business activity in September expanded at the slowest pace seen so far this year, adding pressure on the European Central Bank to provide more measures to stimulate the region. The composite output index of the purchasing managers' survey fell to a nine-month low of 52.3 in September from 52.5 in August, preliminary data from Markit Economics showed Tuesday.

Ireland's manufacturing output prices fell at a slower annual pace in August, figures from the Central Statistics Office showed Tuesday. The manufacturing output price index dropped 2 percent year-on-year following 2.4 percent in July. Prices rose 0.3 percent from the previous month, when they declined...

South Africa's leading business cycle indicator rose at a slower rate in July, results of a survey by the South African Reserve Bank showed Tuesday. The leading index increased 0.3 percent month-on-month in July following the 0.4 percent rise in June. This marked the third consecutive month of growth. Eight...

U.K. mortgage approvals declined unexpectedly in August, data from British Bankers' Association, or BBA, revealed Tuesday. The number of mortgage approvals fell to 41,588 in August from 42,715 in July. Economists had expected the number of approvals to rise to 42,913. Meanwhile, gross mortgage...

The U.K. public sector net borrowing excluding interventions increased in August, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Tuesday. PSNB excluding public sector banks totaled GBP 11.6 billion in August versus GBP 11 billion in the same period of last year. This increase in net borrowing...

Poland's retail sales growth slowed less-than-expected in August, after improving in the previous month, data from the Central Statistical Office revealed Tuesday. Retail sales grew 1.7 percent year-on-year following 2.1 percent gain in July. Economists had forecast 1.4 percent increase. In June,...