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japanexports-112510.jpg Japan posted a merchandise trade deficit of 1,086.9 billion yen in January, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday - ballooning the deficit an annual 67.8 percent. The headline figure missed forecasts for a shortfall of 625.9 billion yen following the 640.4 billion yen deficit in December. Exports...

The average asking price for a house in the United Kingdom was up 2.0 percent on month in February, the latest survey from property tracking website Rightmove showed on Monday. That was roughly in line with estimates, and up from 0.4 percent in January. On a yearly basis, house prices were up 2.3...

Japan had a merchandise trade deficit of 1,086.9 billion yen in January, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. That missed forecasts for a shortfall of 625.9 billion yen following the 640.4 billion yen deficit in December. Exports were up 1.3 percent on year, shy of forecasts for 5.0 percent...

Producer price outputs in New Zealand advanced 1.5 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2016, Statistics New Zealand said on Monday - after the 1.0 percent increase in the third quarter. Producer output prices were mainly influenced by higher prices received by dairy product manufacturers (up...

Japan will on Monday release January figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Imports are expected to rise 4.8 percent on year after falling 2.6 percent in December. Exports are called higher by an annual 5.0 percent after climbing...

Producer price outputs in New Zealand were up 1.5 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2016, Statistics New Zealand said on Monday - following the 1.0 percent increase in the third quarter. On a yearly basis, outputs climbed 2.5 percent. Producer price inputs gained 1.0 percent on quarter...

Producer prices in South Korea were up 1.3 percent on month in January, the Bank of Korea said on Monday. That follows the 0.8 percent gain in December. By category, prices for agricultural, forestry and marine products jumped 4.0 percent on month, while manufacturing products climbed 1.9 percent,...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that there was a "valuation problem" with the euro and it was beyond the influence of her government as monetary policy is set for the entire euro area that has 19 member states. Responding to reporters' questions at the Munich Security Conference,...

LeadingIndicatorIndex-021717.jpg Pointing to a positive economic outlook in the first half of the year, the Conference Board released a report on Friday showing a bigger than expected increase by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators in the month of January.

Italy's current account surplus increased slightly in December, the Bank of Italy reported Friday. The current account surplus rose to EUR 5.53 billion in December from EUR 5.41 billion in the prior year. The surplus on trade in goods fell to EUR 6.27 billion from EUR 6.51 billion and the deficit...

Portugal's producer price inflation accelerated in January, Statistics Portugal reported Friday. Producer prices advanced 3 percent year-on-year in January, faster than the 1.4 percent increase seen in December. Excluding energy, producer prices remained flat following a 0.1 percent drop in the...

UK-Retailsales-021717.jpg UK retail sales declined unexpectedly at the start of the year as consumers curbed their spending in response to rising inflation. Retail sales including automotive fuel dropped 0.3 percent month-on-month in January, following a 2.1 percent fall in December, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Friday.

Fitch Ratings maintained the sovereign ratings of New Zealand at 'AA' with 'stable' outlook on Friday. The agency said the ratings were supported by very strong governance standards and prudent fiscal management. Moreover, the economic momentum was stronger than Fitch had previously expected. GDP...

Eurozone construction output declined for the first time in three months in December, figures from Eurostat showed Friday. Construction output dropped 0.2 percent month-on-month in December, in contrast to November's 0.9 percent increase. Output had increased in the previous two months. On a...

U.K. retail sales declined unexpectedly in January, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Friday. Retail sales including automotive fuel dropped 0.3 percent month-on-month in January, following a 2.1 percent fall in December. Sales were expected to grow 1 percent. Excluding automotive...

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