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New Zealand consumer price inflation eased in the fourth quarter, and credit card spending fell in December after rising in the previous month, official data showed on Friday. The consumer price index rose 0.5 percent quarter-on-quarter in the fourth quarter, slower than 0.7 percent in the third quarter,...

Japan's inflation accelerated in December but remained well below the 2 percent target, data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs showed Friday. Consumer price inflation increased to 0.8 percent in December from 0.5 percent a month ago. This was also above economists' forecast of 0.7 percent. Core...

Australia's private sector output declined at the sharpest pace since the survey began in May 2016, flash survey data from IHS Markit showed on Friday. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia composite output index fell to 48.6 in January from 49.6 in December. A score below 50 indicates contraction in...

Japan's private sector rebounded at the start of 2020, driven by the expansion in services output, flash survey results from IHS Markit showed Friday. The Jibun Bank flash composite output index rose to 51.1 in January from 48.6 in December. A score above the neutral 50 indicates expansion. The...

New Zealand will on Friday see Q4 numbers for consumer prices, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Inflation is tipped to have added 0.4 percent on quarter and 1.8 percent on year after rising 0.7 on quarter and 1.5 percent on year in the three months prior. New Zealand...

christinelagarde-070319_23jan20.jpg European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde on Thursday launched a broad review of the bank's monetary policy strategy, which she said will cover "a whole host of issues" ranging from the inflation target to the impact of climate change. "The review will have to do with how we deliver, how we measure, how we communicate when it comes to decision making, publication, outreach," Lagarde said.

leading-indicator-index-012320.jpg Reflecting large negative contributions from rising unemployment insurance claims and a drop in housing permits, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday showing a slightly bigger than expected decrease by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators.

jobless-claims-012320.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits showed a modest increase in the week ended January 18th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims rose to 211,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level of 205,000.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits showed a modest increase in the week ended January 18th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

ecbank-sep12_23jan20.jpg The European Central Bank on Thursday announced the launch of a review of its monetary policy strategy, the first such exercise since 2003, as it left its interest rates, asset purchases and forward guidance unchanged. The central bank is set to provide the details about the scope and timetable of the review in a separate press release at 15:30 CET.

The European Central Bank held its key interest rates, asset purchases and forward guidance unchanged on Thursday, and announced the launch of a review of its monetary policy strategy. The Governing Council, led by ECB President Christine Lagarde, decided to keep the refi rate unchanged at a record...

Poland's retail sales increased in December, figures from Statistics Poland showed on Thursday. Retail sales rose 5.7 percent year-on-year in December, following a 3.9 percent increase in the same month last year. Furniture, radio, TV and household appliances sales logged a double-digit growth...

Sweden's jobless rate decreased in December, figures from Statistics Sweden said on Thursday. The unemployment rate fell to 6.0 percent in December from 6.8 percent in November. Economists had expected a rate of 6.6 percent. A similar lower rate of unemployment was seen in October. The number...

Lithuania's industrial production declined in December, led by falls in electricity output, figures from Statistics Lithuania showed on Thursday. Industrial production decreased a working-day adjusted 0.4 percent year-on-year in December, led by a 9.3 percent drop in electricity, gas, steam and air...

Norway's jobless rate rose in November, the labor force survey data from Statistics Norway showed on Thursday. The jobless rate increased to 4.0 percent in November from 3.7 percent in the three months to August. Economists had expected a rate of 3.8 percent. The rate for November indicates the...

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