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  • *China trade balance, GDP data in focus. *Copper surplus looms as mine supply ramps-up. LONDON, April 9- Nickel prices surged to their highest in over a year on Wednesday on persistent worries about shortages due to Indonesia's ban on ore exports but copper eased on concerns about economic growth in top metals consumer China.

  • *China trade balance, GDP data in focus. *Copper surplus looms as mine supply ramps-up. LONDON, April 9- Copper eased on Wednesday, slipping from a one-week high hit in the previous session, depressed by concern that an economic slowdown in top consumer China could hit demand for industrial metals.

  • German trade surplus down in February Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 5:12 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's trade surplus narrowed in February as exports declined but imports picked up slightly amid signs that growth in Europe's biggest economy is accelerating. As a result, the trade surplus declined to 15.7 billion euros from 17.2 billion euros.

  • UK: Trade balance remains 'fairly wide'     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    Amit Kara, U.K. economist at UBS, says the U.K.'s trade balance for February is a "little bit better" than expected but points out that the goods trade balance remains "fairly wide."

  • German exports drop more than forecast in February Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    BERLIN, April 9- German exports fell more than expected in February while imports rose, narrowing the trade surplus in Europe's largest economy, data showed on Wednesday. Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed seasonally-adjusted exports down 1.3 percent on the month and imports up 0.4 percent.

  • BEIJING, April 4- China's current account surplus was equivalent to 2 percent of gross domestic product in 2013, down from 2.6 percent in the previous year, official data showed, as the government seeks to reduce the economy's reliance on external demand.

  • *Trade deficit widens to $42.3 billion in February. WASHINGTON, April 3- The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly widened in February as exports hit a five-month low, suggesting first-quarter growth could be much weaker than initially anticipated.

  • *Trade deficit widens to $42.3 billion in February. WASHINGTON, April 3- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but the underlying trend continued to point to some strength in the labor market.

  • *Trade deficit stands at about 61 bln euros. PARIS, April 2- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who has stood out in an otherwise unpopular government for his firm handling of international crises, is to take on responsibility for improving the country's weak trade performance, diplomatic sources said.

  • Investors coming back to Italy: Trade body     Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    Riccardo Monti, president of the Italian Foreign Trade Agency, says there is optimism about investing in Italy, but unemployment still remains the biggest priority for the government.

  • LONDON, March 27- The New Zealand dollar hit its highest since mid-2011 on Thursday, helped by a sharp rise in the trade surplus and comments from a policymaker suggesting limits to cool house prices may be eased as interest rates rise.

  • *Month brought $1.8 bln trade surplus, poll saw $1.4 bln deficit. BANGKOK, March 26- Thai exports rose more than expected in February but imports plunged again, which might show how the country's long political crisis is hitting domestic demand.

  • FOREX-Dollar rally fizzles as euro comes off lows Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 21- The dollar's three-day rally sputtered on Friday as the euro rose against the greenback on after data showed a record euro zone current account surplus in January. The euro, which earlier this week had been trading just shy of $1.40, was up 0.22 percent to $1.3809.

  • LONDON, March 21- Data showing a record euro zone current account surplus in January helped the euro rise against the dollar for the first time in three days on Friday, with capital inflows providing solid support for the common currency.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. current account deficit hits 14-year low Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    *Current account deficit narrows to $81.1 billion. The Commerce Department said the current account gap, which measures the flow of goods, services and investments into and out of the country, narrowed to $81.1 billion from $96.4 billion in the third quarter.

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- The U.S. current account deficit tumbled to a 14- year low in the fourth quarter as exports touched a record high, a government report showed on Wednesday. The Commerce Department said the current account gap, which measures the flow of goods, services and investments into and out of the country, narrowed to $81.1 billion.

  • *Trade deficit Y800 bln, vs record Y2.8 trln in Jan. TOKYO/ OTSU March 19- Japan's annual export growth in February was short of market expectations and a Bank of Japan policymaker warned about the outlook as the world's third-largest economy faces a sales tax hike next month that could dent economic activity.

  • *Trade deficit Y800 bln, vs record Y2.8 trln in Jan. TOKYO/ OTSU March 19- Japan's annual export growth in February was short of market expectations and a Bank of Japan policymaker warned about the outlook as the world's third-largest economy faces a sales tax hike next month that could dent economic activity.

  • *Trade deficit Y800 bln, vs record Y2.8 trln in Jan. TOKYO, March 19- Japan's annual export growth in February was well below market expectations, but business confidence remained steady over the month- although that may not last too long.

  • German exports, imports surge in January Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    BERLIN, March 11- German exports rose much more than forecast on the month in January and imports surged even more, narrowing the trade surplus, data showed on Tuesday. Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed seasonally-adjusted exports up 2.2 percent, well above a consensus forecast for a rise of 1.4 percent.

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