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Japan Leading Index Data Due On Monday

Japan will on Monday see final March numbers for its leading and coincident economic indexes, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity.

The coincident index is tipped to show a score of 90.5, down from 95.4 in the previous reading. The leading index is pegged at 83.8, down from 91.9.

Hong Kong will release April figures for imports, exports and trade balance. In March, imports were down 11.1 percent on year and exports fell 5.8 percent on year for a trade deficit of HKD34.7 billion.

Taiwan will provide April numbers for industrial production and retail sales; in March, industrial production was up 10.41 percent on year and retail sales fell an annual 3.4 percent.

Thailand will see April figures for unemployment; in March, the jobless rate was 1.0 percent.

Finally, the markets in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are closed on Monday for Eid-ul-Fitr. Malaysia and Singapore will reopen on Tuesday, while Indonesia is off until Thursday.

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