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china1-230913.jpg The manufacturing sector in China continued to expand in August, although it slowed dramatically, the latest flash purchasing managers' index from HSBC revealed on Thursday - with a three-month low score of 50.3. That was well shy of forecasts for a score of 51.5 and down sharply from 51.7 in July. A...

Consumer confidence in New Zealand declined in August, reversing the increase in the recent months, the results of a survey by ANZ Bank and Roy Morgan Bank showed Thursday. The ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence index fell to 125.5 in August from 132.7 in July. The index measuring future household...

japanindustry-032910.jpg The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand at an accelerating pace in August, the latest flash purchasing managers' index from Markit Economics revealed on Thursday - with a score of 52.4. That handily beat forecasts for a score of 51.5 following the 50.5 reading in July. A score above...

The manufacturing sector in China continued to expand in August, although it slowed dramatically, the latest flash purchasing managers' index from HSBC revealed on Thursday - with a score of 50.3. That was well shy of forecasts for a score of 51.5 and down sharply from 51.7 in July. A score above...

The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand at an accelerating pace in August, the latest flash purchasing managers' index from Markit Economics revealed on Thursday - with a score of 52.4. That handily beat forecasts for a score of 51.5 following the 50.5 reading in July. A score above...

trade.jpg The Australian economy is continuing its modest recovery, the Conference Board said on Thursday as its leading economic index was up 0.4 percent in the month of June. That follows the 0.2 percent increase in May and the 0.1 percent decline in April. During the six-month period through June, the leading...

The Australian economy is on pace to continue its modest recovery, the Conference Board said on Thursday as its leading economic index was up 0.4 percent in the month of June. That follows the 0.2 percent increase in May and the 0.1 percent decline in April. During the six-month period through June,...

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg The number of visitor arrivals in New Zealand hit 196,900 in July, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday - a record for the month of July. In the year to July, visitor arrivals numbered 2.80 million, up 6 percent on year. New Zealand's top four sources of visitors were Australia, China, the United...

The number of visitor arrivals in New Zealand topped 196,900 in July, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday - a record for the month of July. In the year to July, visitor arrivals numbered 2.80 million, up 6 percent on year. New Zealand's top four sources of visitors were Australia, China, the United...

China will on Thursday see preliminary August results for the HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers' index, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The manufacturing PMI is expected to show a score of 51.5, down from 51.7 in July. Japan also will see manufacturing PMI results...

federalreserve-082014.jpg The Federal Reserve debated when to hike interest rates amid signs the labor market has moved closer to normal, according to the minutes of the Fed's July policy meeting. At the meeting held July 29-30 the Federal Open Market Committee voted 9-1 to maintain its current policy of very gradually withdrawing...

BoE-082014.jpg Bank of England policymakers split on rate decision this month, for the first time in more than three years as two members said the current economic situation warrant an immediate rate hike from a historic-low. At the August Monetary Policy Committee meeting, Ian McCafferty and Martin Weale sought a quarter-point hike in the bank rate to 0.75 percent.

GlennStevens-RBA-082014.jpg Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens kept the foreign exchange intervention plan open to build up confidence and bring the stubbornly high currency to lower levels."The exchange rate, another channel through which monetary policy usually has an effect, is probably not doing as much as it might usually be expected to do in achieving balanced growth," he said in his opening statement.

The Australian economy remained slightly below trend in July, the latest leading index from Westpac Bank/Melbourne Institute revealed on Wednesday - easing 0.1 percent on month. That follows the 0.1 percent increase in June. "The index continues to indicate that we can expect growth in the Australian...

japanexports-112510.jpg Japan posted a merchandise trade deficit of 963.99 billion yen in July, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday - remaining in the red for a record 25th consecutive month. The headline figure missed forecasts for a deficit of 713.9 billion yen following the 823.2 billion yen shortfall in June. Exports...