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Taiwan's trade surplus rose more than expected in April, figures from the Ministry of Finance showed on Friday. The trade balance registered a surplus of US$6.179 billion in April. Economists had expected a surplus of US$3.12 billion. Exports grew 38.7 percent year-on-year in April, following a...

Malaysia's unemployment rate declined marginally in March, data from the Department of Statistics showed on Friday. The jobless rate fell to 4.7 percent in March from 4.8 percent in February. The number of unemployed persons decreased to 753,200 in March from 777,500 in the previous month. The...

china trade 071317 07may21 China's exports grew more than expected in April as global demand remained strong, data from the General Administration of Customs revealed on Friday. Exports advanced 32.3 percent on a yearly basis in April. Economists had forecast the growth rate to ease to 24.1 percent from 30.6 percent posted in March.

The services sector in China continued to expand in April, and at a faster pace, the latest survey from Caixin revealed on Friday with a services PMI score of 56.3. That's up from 54.3 in March, and it moves further above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. The...

The Philippines posted a merchandise trade deficit of $2.412 billion in March, government data showed on Friday - following the $2.293 billion shortfall in February. Exports surged 31.6 percent on year after slipping 2.3 percent in the previous month, while imports jumped an annual 16.6 percent after...

The services sector in Japan continued to contract in April, albeit at a slower pace, the latest survey from Jibun Bank revealed on Friday with a services PMI score of 49.5. That's up from 48.3 in March, although it remains slightly below the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. This...

bank of korea 040915 South Korea posted a current account surplus of $7.82 billion in March, the Bank of Korea said in Friday's preliminary reading. That was down from the downwardly revised $7.94 billion surplus in February (originally $8.03 billion). The goods account surplus increased to $7.92 billion, compared...

South Korea had a current account surplus of $7.82 billion in March, the Bank of Korea said in Friday's preliminary reading. That was down from the downwardly revised $7.94 billion surplus in February (originally $8.03 billion). The goods account surplus increased to $7.92 billion, compared to...

China is scheduled to release April numbers for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Imports are expected to surged 42.5 percent on year after jumping 38.1 percent in March. Exports are called higher by an annual 24.1 percent, slowing from...

Taiwan's consumer price inflation rose in April, data from the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics showed on Thursday. The consumer price index increased 2.09 percent year-on-year in April, after a 1.26 percent growth in March. Economists had expected a 1.7 percent rise. Prices...

Malaysia's central bank decided to keep the rate unchanged as policymakers said the current stance is appropriate and accommodative. The Monetary Policy Committee of Bank Negara Malaysia decided to maintain the overnight policy rate at 1.75 percent, as expected. The committee repeated that it is...

Malaysia's industrial production increased in March, data from the Department of Statistics showed on Thursday. Industrial production rose 9.3 percent year-on-year in March, following a 1.5 percent increase in February. Economists had expected a 7.8 percent rise. The growth in production was mainly...

newzealand march24 16dec20 The total number of building permits issued in New Zealand surged a seasonally adjusted 17.9 percent on month in March, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday - standing at 4,218. That follows the 19.3 percent monthly contraction in February. Permits were issued for 2,438 stand-alone houses; 1,243...

The total number of building permits issued in New Zealand spiked a seasonally adjusted 17.9 percent on month in March, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday - coming in at 4,218. That follows the 19.3 percent monthly contraction in February. Permits were issued for 2,438 stand-alone houses,...

The Bank of Japan will on Thursday release the minutes from its monetary policy meeting on March 18 and 19, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. At the meeting, the bank widened the range at which it permits the yields of government bonds to fluctuate and scrapped the average...

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