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Japan's central bank maintained its monetary policy easing as widely expected, and raised its growth projections. The Policy Board of the BoJ headed by Haruhiko Kuroda voted 8-1 to retain the interest rate at -0.1 percent on current accounts that financial institutions maintain at the central bank. The...

Import prices in Australia were down 3.5 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2020, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - after slipping 1.9 percent in the previous three months. On a yearly basis, import prices dropped 5.7 percent. Main contributors to the fall were: telecommunications...

The value of retail sales in Japan was down 8.7 percent on year in September, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Thursday - coming in at 12.101 trillion yen. That missed forecasts for a decline of 7.7 percent following the 1.9 percent drop in August. On a monthly basis, retail...

The Bank of Japan will wrap up its monetary policy meeting and then announce its decision on interest rates, highlighting a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The central bank is widely expected to keep its benchmark lending rate unchanged at -0.1 percent although it may introduce other forms...

Business sentiment in South Korea improved in October, the latest survey from the Bank of Korea showed on Thursday with a Business Survey Index score of 79.0 - up from 68.0 in September. The outlook also improved, rising to 78.0 from 70.0 in September. In the non-manufacturing sector, the BSI on...

Malaysia's exports rose at a faster than expected rate in September, data from the Department of Statistics showed on Wednesday. Exports rose 13.6 percent year-on-year to MYR 88.9 billion in September, after a 2.9 percent decrease in August. Economists had expected a 5.5 percent rise. Imports declined...

Consumer prices in Australia were up 0.7 percent on year in the third quarter of 2020, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday - in line with expectations following the 0.3 percent decline in the previous three months. On a quarterly basis, inflation climbed 1.6 percent - exceeding expectations...

Australia is on Wednesday scheduled to release Q3 figures for consumer prices, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Inflation is tipped to rise 1.5 percent on quarter and 0.7 percent on year after sinking 1.9 percent on quarter and 0.3 percent on year in the previous three...

Consumer confidence in South Korea rebounded in October, the Bank of Korea said on Wednesday, as its latest index score jumped to 91.6 - up sharply from 79.4 in September. Consumer sentiment regarding current living standards was five points higher than in September, at 86, and that concerning the...

Hong Kong's merchandise exports grew for the first time in seven months in September, data from the Census and Statistics Department showed on Tuesday. Exports rose 9.1 percent year-on-year in September, after a 2.3 percent decrease in August. Imports rose 3.4 percent annually in September, after...

Reserve Bank of Australia Assistant Governor Michele Bullock on Tuesday said Australia's economic recovery is likely to be unpredictable and uneven. She cautioned about rising business insolvencies and problems for some households in servicing their debts amid uncertain recovery. Despite the devastating...

China's industrial profits increased for the fifth straight month in September, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Tuesday. Industrial profits grew 10.1 percent on a yearly basis but slower than the 19.1 percent increase posted in August. This was the fifth consecutive rise. The...

bank of korea 040915 South Korea's gross domestic product expanded a seasonally adjusted 1.9 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2020, the Bank of Korea said in Tuesday's advance estimate. That beat estimates for an increase of 1.7 percent following the 3.2 percent decline in the three months prior. Real gross...

South Korea's gross domestic product gained a seasonally adjusted 1.9 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2020, the Bank of Korea said in Tuesday's advance estimate. That beat estimates for an increase of 1.7 percent following the 3.2 percent decline in the three months prior. Real gross...

newzealandcpi 071510 New Zealand posted a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$1.0 billion in September, Statistics New Zealand said on Tuesday - following the NZ$353 million shortfall in August. Exports sank NZ$350 million or 8.0 percent on year to NZ$4.0 billion. Crude oil led the fall, down NZ$110 million. Milk powder,...

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