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Japan will on Friday release February figures for nationwide consumer prices, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Overall inflation is tipped to add 0.3 percent on year, up from 0.2 percent in January. Core CPI, which excludes volatile food prices, is called steady at 0.8...

leading-index3-032119.jpg Reflecting accommodative financial conditions and a rebound in stock prices, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday showing its reading on leading U.S. economic indicators rose for the first time in five months in February.

ukbank-sep12_21mar19.jpg Bank of England policymakers decided that it was appropriate to keep the interest rate and monetary stimulus unchanged this month as UK lawmakers scramble to secure an extension of the deadline for leaving the European Union. The bank also released results of a survey which showed that "a significantly greater number of companies had judged themselves ready for a no-deal, no-transition Brexit.

philly-fed1-032119.jpg After reporting an unexpected contraction in regional manufacturing activity in the previous month, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia released a report on Thursday showing its index of manufacturing activity rebounded by much more than anticipated in March.

jobless-claims1-032119.jpg A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits fell by more than expected in the week ended March 16th. The report said initial jobless claims dropped to 221,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level of 230,000.

norwaycentralbank-062217_21mar19.jpg Norway's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Thursday and signaled that the next hike would come in the second half of this year. The Executive Board raised the key policy rate by 25 bps to 1 percent, in line with economists' expectations. The bank had signaled a hike in March in...

After reporting an unexpected contraction in regional manufacturing activity in the previous month, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia released a report on Thursday showing its index of manufacturing activity rebounded by much more than anticipated in March.

A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits fell by more than expected in the week ended March 16th.

The Bank of England kept its key interest rate and bond purchases unchanged on Thursday, and reiterated that a further tightening of policy at a gradual pace may be needed if the economy expands in line with projections. The nine-member Monetary Policy Committee, led by Governor Mark Carney, held...

uk-aug15_21mar19.jpg UK retail sales rose in February, defying expectations for a decline, despite a sharp decline in food sales, preliminary data from the Office for National Statistics showed on Thursday. Retail sales grew 0.4 percent month-on-month after a 0.9 percent rise in January. Sales rose for a second straight month. Economists had forecast a 0.4 percent decline.

Switzerland's central bank on Thursday kept its expansionary monetary policy unchanged by holding the key interest rate unchanged, citing a still strong franc, and trimmed the inflation forecast for this year due to weaker outlook for global economy. The Swiss National Bank left its interest rate...

The Netherlands' consumer confidence fell for the eighth month in a row in March to the weakest level since late 2014, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed on Wednesday. The consumer confidence index dropped to minus 4 from minus 2 in February. The latest reading was the lowest since...

unemployment-021010.jpg The jobless rate in Australia came in at a seasonally adjusted 4.9 percent in February, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - beneath expectations for 5.0 percent, which would have been unchanged from the January reading. The Australian economy added 4,600 jobs in February to 12,763,400,...

The unemployment rate in Australia came in at a seasonally adjusted 4.9 percent in February, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - beneath expectations for 5.0 percent, which would have been unchanged from the January reading. The Australian economy added 4,600 jobs in February, shy...

newzealandcpi-071510.jpg New Zealand's gross domestic product expanded a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2018, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday. That was in line with expectations following the 0.3 percent gain in the previous three months. Individually, service industries grew...

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