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New Zealand had a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$18 million in February, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday. That missed forecasts for a surplus of NZ$180 million following the upwardly revised NZ$257 million deficit in January (originally -NZ$285 million). Imports were worth NZ$4.02 billion,...

New Zealand will on Friday release February figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Imports are expected to be worth NZ$3.99 billion, down from NZ$4.19 billion in January. Exports are pegged at NZ$4.20 billion, up from NZ$3.91 billion...

NewHomeSales-032317.jpg New home sales in the U.S. saw a substantial increase in the month of February, the Commerce Department revealed in a report on Thursday, with sales jumping to their highest level in seven months. The report said new home sales spiked by 6.1 percent to an annual rate of 592,000 in February.

joblessclaims-032317.jpg A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed an unexpected increase in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended March 18th. The report said initial jobless claims climbed to 258,000.

ECB-032317.jpg Euro area economic recovery is steadily firming and the trend is likely to continue with growth firming and broadening going ahead, the European Central Bank said Thursday.

UK-RetailSales-032317.jpg UK retail sales increased for the first time in four months in February despite high inflation squeezing purchasing power of consumers. The retail sales volume grew 1.4 percent month-on-month in February, reversing a 0.5 percent fall in January, the Office for National Statistics said Thursday.

Hong Kong will on Thursday release Q4 numbers for current account, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In the three months prior, Hong Kong had a current account surplus of 45.56 billion HKD. Singapore will provide February figures for consumer and producer prices. In January,...

ExistinghomeSales-032217.jpg Existing home sales in the U.S. saw a sharp pullback in the month of February, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Wednesday. NAR said existing home sales tumbled by 3.7 percent to an annual rate of 5.48 million in February.

japanexports-112510.jpg Japan posted a merchandise trade surplus of 813.389 billion yen in February, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. That surpassed expectations for 807.2 billion yen following the downwardly revised 1,087.9 billion yen deficit (originally -1,086.9 billion yen) in January. Exports jumped 11.3...

Japan had a merchandise trade surplus of 813.389 billion yen in February, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. That surpassed expectations for 807.2 billion yen following the downwardly revised 1,087.9 billion yen deficit (originally -1,086.9 billion yen) in January. Exports jumped 11.3 percent...

The Bank of Japan will on Wednesday release the minutes from its monetary policy meeting on January 30 and 31, highlighting a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. At the meeting, the bank voted to maintain the central bank's target of raising the amount of outstanding Japan government bond...

UK-CPI-032117.jpg UK inflation exceeded the Bank of England's 2 percent target in February for the first time since 2013, on weak pound and rising oil prices. Moreover, factory gate prices rose at the fastest pace since December 2011 signaling much more inflationary pressure in the pipeline.

China-OECD-032117.jpg China's growth momentum is set to slow further this year and next amid adjustments to spare capacity in the manufacturing sector and slower investment, and the government should focus more on structural reform and measures to tackle the risks to stability, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report on Tuesday.

House prices in Australia advanced 4.1 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday. That beat forecasts for a gain of 2.5 percent following the 1.5 percent increase in the third quarter. On a yearly basis, prices spiked 7.7 percent - again...

The Reserve Bank of Australia will on Tuesday release the minutes from its March 7 monetary policy meeting, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. At the meeting, the central bank held its benchmark lending rate steady at 1.50 percent as expected, after reducing the rate by...

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