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  • *New Zealand shows surprise trade surplus. LONDON, Feb 26- The dollar gained almost half a percent against the euro around midday in Europe on Thursday after St Louis Federal Reserve chief James Bullard said the strong dollar was having only a marginal impact on U.S. monetary policy and economy. "Some of the euro stops have gone on this," one London- based dealer said.

  • TOKYO— Japan's trade deficit plunged nearly 60 percent in January from a year before as exports rose and its import bill for oil and gas dropped thanks to sharply lower crude oil prices. The deficit was nearly 2.8 trillion yen in January 2014. Japan's long era of trade surpluses ended after its nuclear plants were shut down following the disaster at the Fukushima...

  • TOKYO— Japan's trade deficit plunged nearly 60 percent in January from a year before as exports rose and its import bill for oil and gas dropped thanks to sharply lower crude oil prices. The deficit was nearly 2.8 trillion yen in January 2014. Japan's long era of trade surpluses ended after its nuclear plants were shut down following the disaster at the Fukushima...

  • Japan exports roar ahead in January, trouncing forecasts Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 6:59 PM ET
    A worker walks through the assembly area at the East Japan Railway's Shinkansen General Rolling Stock Center in Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

    Japan's January exports rose 17.0 percent on-year, beating expectations, suggesting a weaker yen may be boosting demand for the country's products.

  • Japan Jan exports rise 17.0 pct year/year - MOF Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 6:54 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 19- Japanese exports rose 17.0 percent in January from a year earlier for a fifth straight month of gains, Ministry of Finance data showed on Thursday, in a further sign of a pick-up in external demand. The result compared with an 11.9 percent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll. That resulted in a trade deficit of 1.18 trillion yen, extending...

  • KIEV, Feb 16- Ukraine's trade deficit for goods narrowed sharply last year to $468.3 million, official data showed on Monday, but that was due to a drop in imports following a gas pricing row with Russia and a sharp depreciation of the hryvnia currency. Ukraine's economy has been hammered by a year of political upheaval and war, putting the former Soviet republic on...

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- Japan's current account logged a surplus for a sixth straight month in December, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, helped by income from overseas investments and a narrowing trade gap due to a weak yen and lower oil prices. The surplus stood at 187.2 billion yen, against the median estimate of 358.0 billion yen in a Reuters poll of economists.

  • SHANGHAI Feb 8- China's exports fell 3.3 percent in January from a year earlier, while imports slumped by 19.9 percent, both missing expectations by a wide margin, and resulting in a record monthly trade surplus of $60 billion. Thinking that easing measures in Europe would boost demand for Chinese goods, analysts polled by Reuters had expected to exports to rise...

  • SHANGHAI Feb 8- China's exports fell 3.3 percent in January from a year earlier, while imports fell 19.9 percent, disappointing analyst expectations. That left the country with a trade surplus of $60 billion for the month, the Customs Administration said on Sunday. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected to exports to rise by 6.3 percent, and predicted imports...

  • *Trade surplus seen at $48.9 bln. BEIJING, Feb 6- China's consumer price inflation likely slowed to a five-year low in January due to falling oil prices and sluggish demand, while export growth was seen sagging, a Reuters poll showed, raising questions whether more policy stimulus is needed to combat deflationary pressures. Data out of China during January and...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 5- Low oil prices helped Canada's trade deficit to sharply widen to C $649 million in December, but in a more promising sign for the economy, export volumes surged. Statistics Canada's official release on Thursday also cut November's deficit to C $335 million from an initial C $644 million, citing a number of revisions. "This report helps to allay the doom...

  • *Trade deficit widens to $46.6 billion in December. WASHINGTON, Feb 5- The U.S. trade deficit in December widened sharply to its highest level since 2012 as a stronger dollar appeared to suck in imports and weigh on exports, which could see the fourth-quarter economic growth estimate revised lower. The Commerce Department said on Thursday the trade deficit...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 5- Canada's trade deficit almost doubled to C $649 million in December as a slide in oil prices continued to hit the value of exports, Statistics Canada said on Thursday. As a result, the trade surplus with the United States edged down to C $3.12 billion from C $3.17 billion in November. Consequently, Canada posted a C $5.17 billion trade surplus with the...

  • U.S. December trade deficit largest since 2012 Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 5- The U.S. trade deficit in December widened sharply to its highest level since 2012 as imports rose despite a lower energy bill, which could see the fourth-quarter growth estimate revised down. The Commerce Department said on Thursday the trade deficit jumped 17.1 percent to $46.6 billion, the largest since November 2012.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 2- Brazil posted a wider-than-expected trade deficit in January even after imports and exports tumbled, government data showed on Monday. Brazil posted a surplus of $293 million for December. Brazil, which International Monetary Fund data shows is the Americas' most closed major economy, posted its first annual trade deficit in 14 years in 2014..

  • BERLIN, Feb 2- Germany's current account surplus is likely to have hit a new record of $285 billion in 2014, beating China once more, its Ifo think-tank said on Monday in a report which may fuel criticism that Europe's biggest economy is not playing its part to reduce global imbalances. Ifo, which expects another big German surplus in 2015, said China was second...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 percent annual pace after the third quarter's spectacular 5 percent rate, the Commerce Department said in its first fourth-quarter...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 percent annual pace after the third quarter's spectacular 5 percent rate, the Commerce Department said in its first GDP snapshot on...

  • *Dec private consumption -0.7 pct m/m, investment +0.1 pct- c.bank. *Dec current account surplus a record high $5.52 bln. BANGKOK, Jan 30- Thailand's private consumption contracted in December and investment stalled, the latest evidence that the country's growth engines remain shaky and the economy is not back on track.

  • BEIJING, Jan 22- China is closely monitoring its cross-border capital flows, the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday, amid signs that money is leaving the world's second-largest economy as it slows. But China is able to manage risks from capital outflows as the country still posts a solid trade surplus, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said.