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leadingindex-091914.jpg While the Conference Board released a report on Friday showing a continued increase by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators in the month of August, the pace of growth showed a significant slowdown compared to the previous month.

Producer prices in South Korea were down 0.1 percent on month in August, the Bank of Korea said on Friday - slowing from the 0.1 percent increase in July. Among the individual components, prices for agricultural, forestry and marine products were up 1.2 percent, while manufacturing industry products...

Japan is scheduled to release a raft of data on Friday, setting the pace or a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. On tap are July figures for the all industry activity index, final July numbers for the leading and coincident indexes and August data for department store sales. The activity...

philadelphiafed-091814.jpg Firms responding to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia indicated continued growth in regional manufacturing activity in September, although the bank said the index of activity in the sector fell from its relatively high reading in August.

housingstarts-091814.jpg With new construction of multi-family homes showing a substantial pullback, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing a much steeper than expected drop in U.S. housing starts in the month of August.

joblessclaims-091814.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits fell by much more than anticipated in the week ended September 13th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday, with claims pulling back near the fourteen-year low set in July.

ECB-Draghi-091814.jpg Banks took up less-than-expected amount of funds at the European Central Bank's first targeted longer term refinancing operation, damping hopes of the success of the measure that was aimed to boost liquidity to help revive lending to small businesses and households.

UK-Retail-Sales-091814.jpg U.K. retail sales increased in August as sale of high powered vacuum cleaners and furniture, offset the decline in food store demand. Including auto fuel, retail sales volume increased 0.4 percent in August from July, when it remained flat, the Office for National Statistics reported Thursday. The monthly growth rate matched expectations.

Swiss-National-Bank-091814.jpg The Swiss National Bank on Thursday reaffirmed its currency ceiling and interest rate unchanged, as expected by economists, and expressed willingness to do more to defend the franc. The central bank maintained the minimum exchange rate of CHF 1.20 per euro and left the target range for the three-month Libor unchanged at 0.0-0.25 percent.

SouthKorea-091814.jpg The South Korean government said Thursday it will increase the budget spending next year and run a wider fiscal deficit than expected to bolster economic growth that faces challenges from slow global recovery and weak domestic demand. Government spending will rise by 5.7 percent to KRW 376 trillion the next year, the finance ministry said in its budget proposals.

japanexports-112510.jpg Japan posted a merchandise trade deficit of 948.5 billion yen in August, the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday - remaining in the red for a record 26th consecutive month. The headline figure beat forecasts for a shortfall of 1,028.9 billion yen following the 962.1 billion yen deficit in July. Exports...

Japan had a merchandise trade deficit of 948.5 billion yen in August, the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday. That beat forecasts for a shortfall of 1,028.9 billion yen following the 962.1 billion yen deficit in July. Exports fell 1.3 percent on year, beating expectations for a drop of 2.6 percent...

NZtradebalance-082910.jpg New Zealand's gross domestic product expanded 0.7 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2014, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday, riding strong gains from the service industries. The headline figure was in line with forecasts, although it slowed from the 1.0 percent gain in the first quarter. "Services...

New Zealand's gross domestic product added 0.7 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2014, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday. That was in line with forecasts, although it slowed from the 1.0 percent gain in the first quarter. Business services (up 4.2 percent) were the main driver of...

New Zealand will on Thursday release gross domestic product numbers for the second quarter of 2014, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic news. GDP is expected to have risen 0.6 percent on quarter and 3.8 percent on year after gaining 1.0 percent on quarter and 3.8 percent on year in...