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Australia will on Thursday release a raft of data on Thursday, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic news. On tap are August numbers for import, exports and trade balance, new home sales and building approvals. The Reserve Bank of Australia also will give its annual report. The trade...

ConstructionSpending-100114.jpg With spending on private and public construction both showing notable decreases, the Commerce Department released a report on Wednesday showing an unexpected drop in U.S. construction spending in the month of August.

ISM-Manufacturing-100114.jpg Growth in U.S. manufacturing activity saw a notable slowdown in the month of September, according to a report released by the Institute for Supply Management on Wednesday, with the index of activity in the sector pulling back off a three-year high.

ADPChart-100114.jpg Employment in the U.S. private sector increased by more than expected in the month of September, according to a report released by payroll processor ADP on Wednesday, with employment rising by more than 200,000 jobs for the sixth straight month.

EurozonePMI-100114.jpg The Eurozone manufacturing moved closer to stagnation in September as German factory sector contracted for the first time in 15 months, final data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell more than intially estimated to a 14-month low of 50.3 from August's reading 50.7. The reading was below the earlier flash estimate of 50.5.

retail-090312.jpg The total value of retail sales in Australia added a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent on month in August, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday - coming in at A$23.311 billion. The headline figure was shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.4 percent, which would have been unchanged from...

Japan's manufacturing sector slowed in September but continued to expand, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday, with a PMI score of 51.7. That was unrevised from the flash estimate earlier this month, although it was down from 52.2 in August. It also remained above the...

The total value of retail sales in Australia was up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent on month in August, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday - standing at A$23.311 billion. That was shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.4 percent, which would have been unchanged from the July rate. Among...

Australia's manufacturing sector continued to contract in September, the Australian Industry Group said on Wednesday, with a Performance of Manufacturing Index score of 46.5. That's down from 47.3 in August, and it moves further below the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among...

JapanSentiments-040113.jpg An index measuring business sentiment in Japan showed mild upside in the third quarter of 2014, the Bank of Japan revealed on Wednesday in its quarterly Tankan business survey. The large manufacturers index came in with a score of 13, beating forecasts for 10 and up from 12 in the second quarter. The...

foreximg-300413.jpg South Korea's manufacturing sector dipped into contraction in September, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday, with a PMI score of 48.8. That's down from 50.3 in August - and it falls below the boom-or-bust score of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. "Korea's...

South Korea posted a merchandise trade surplus of $3.4 billion in September, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said on Wednesday - in line with expectations and roughly unchanged from the August total. Exports climbed an annual 6.8 percent to 47.7 billion versus forecasts for an 8.2 percent...

South Korea's manufacturing sector slipped into contraction in September, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed on Wednesday, with a PMI score of 48.8. That's down from 50.3 in August - and it falls below the boom-or0bust score of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Among the...

Consumer prices in South Korea were up 1.1 percent on year in September, the government said on Wednesday - touching a seven-month low. That was well shy of forecasts for 1.4 percent, which would have been unchanged from the August reading. On a monthly basis, consumer prices were down 0.1 percent...

The Bank of Japan will on Wednesday release its quarterly Tankan survey of business sentiment, highlighting a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. The large manufacturers' index is expected to show a score of 10 with an outlook of 13, down from 12 and 15, respectively in the previous three...