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Swiss-GDP-090214.jpg The Swiss economy stalled in the second quarter as the improvement in household spending was insufficient to offset the weakness in exports and investment in construction. Gross domestic product remained flat from the first quarter, when it accelerated to 0.5 percent, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs said Tuesday. Economists had expected GDP to rise 0.5 percent in the second quarter.

Australia-Interest-Rate-090214.jpg Policymakers of Reserve Bank of Australia decided to maintain its record low interest rate once again as they continue to assess that the most prudent course is a period of stability in interest rates. The monetary policy board retained the cash rate at 2.50 percent. The rate has been at the current level since August 2013.

UK-Manufacturing-090114.jpg British manufacturing growth eased further in August to its lowest level in 14 months as output and demand increased at slower rates, survey results from Markit Economics showed Monday. The Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to 52.5 from a revised 54.8 in July. Economists had expected the score to fall to 55.1 from July's original figure of 55.4.

japanindustry-032910.jpg The manufacturing sector in Japan expanded at an accelerated pace in August, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Monday with a purchasing managers' index score of 52.2. That missed forecasts for 52.4, although it's up significantly from 50.5 in July. The August reading moves further...

china1-230913.jpg China's final manufacturing purchasing managers' index was revised down in August, defying expectations of economists to confirm the flash reading, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Monday. The final HSBC Manufacturing PMI decreased to 50.2 in August from the flash estimate...

foreximg-300413.jpg The manufacturing sector in South Korea expanded for the first time in four months in August, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Monday with a purchasing managers' index score of 50.3. That's up from 49.3 in July, and it moves above the boom-or-bust mark of 50 that separates expansion...

China's manufacturing sector expanded at a slower than expected rate in August, less than the flash estimate, latest results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Monday. The HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers' index came in at 50.2 in August. This was less than the 50.3 flash reading...

The manufacturing sector in Japan expanded at a faster pace in August, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Monday with a purchasing managers' index score of 52.2. That missed forecasts for 52.4, although it's up significantly from 50.5 in July. The August reading moves further above...

Company operating profits in Australia were down a seasonally adjusted 6.9 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the previous three months, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Monday. That missed forecasts for a decline of 2.0 percent following the downwardly revised 2.0 percent...

South Korea posted a merchandise trade surplus of $3.41 billion in August, the government said on Monday - expanding from the $2.40 billion surplus in July. Exports were down 0.1 percent on year to $46.28 billion - beating expectations for a decline of 1.1 percent following the 5.4 percent jump in...

Consumer prices in Australia leveled off in August, the latest inflation forecast from TD Securities and the Melbourne Institute revealed on Monday. Inflation was flat on month, the survey showed, slowing from the 0.2 percent increase in July. On a yearly basis, inflation slowed to 2.5 percent...

Capital spending in Japan was up 3.0 percent in the second quarter of 2014, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. That missed forecasts for an increase of 4.1 percent, and it was sharply lower than the 7.4 percent gain in the previous three months. Excluding software, capex gained 1.9 percent...

The manufacturing sector in South Korea swung to expansion for the first time in four months in August, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Monday with a purchasing managers' index score of 50.3. That's up from 49.3 in July, and it moves above the boom-or-bust mark of 50 that separates...

The manufacturing sector in Australia lost ground in August, the latest survey from the Australia Industry Group said on Monday with a performance of manufacturing index score of 47.3. That's down from 50.7 in July, and it slides back below the boom-or-bust mark of 50 that separates expansion from...

NZtradebalance-082910.jpg New Zealand's terms of trade added 0.3 percent in the second quarter compared to the previous three months, Statistics New Zealand said on Monday. That follows the 1.8 percent gain in the first quarter. "This is the lowest of six consecutive quarterly rises for the terms of trade, which is now...