*Feb trade balance- $23 bln, vs f'cast of+ $14.5 bln. BEIJING, March 8- China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, swinging the trade balance into deficit and adding to fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy despite the Lunar New Year holidays being blamed for the slide.» Read More
BEIJING, March 4- China's export and import growth likely slowed in February, causing its trade surplus to shrink by more than half, a Reuters poll showed, reinforcing views that its economic momentum is weakening as leaders prepare to unveil key targets for 2014..
*Current account surplus $0.22 bln in Jan vs $2.53 bln surplus in Dec. BANGKOK, Feb 28- Thailand reported a fresh set of weak indicators on Friday, producing more evidence that the country's political crisis is hurting the economy and adding to pressure on the central bank to cut interest rates.
*Monthly trade deficit hits record 2.8 trillion yen. TOKYO/ WAKAYAMA, JAPAN Feb 20- Japan suffered a record trade deficit in January as growth in exports spurred by a weak yen was far outstripped by a surge in import costs, raising fresh doubts about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's strategy to spark an economic revival.
*Japan's record high trade deficit widely expected- analysts. TOKYO, Feb 20- Japan's Nikkei share average fell for a second day following declines on Wall Street as minutes of the U.S. "People have realized that the market overreacted to the BOJ's announcement," said Masashi Oda, chief investment officer at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank.
TOKYO, Feb 20- Japan suffered a record trade deficit in January as a weak yen pushed up the cost of imports and failed to substantially raise exports, suggesting that the trade-reliant economy faces a bumpy ride even as policymakers put on a brave face about the outlook.
TOKYO, Feb 20- Japanese exports rose 9.5 percent in January but imports outpaced shipments as a weak yen boosted import costs while export growth slowed, resulting in a record monthly trade gap, Ministry of Finance data showed on Thursday.
*Jan trade deficit f'cast record 2.5 trillion yen. TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan is expected to post a record trade deficit in January as a weak yen pushes up the cost of imports and as export demand slows in a cautionary note about the economic outlook, a Reuters poll showed.
*No sign of heavy USD sales despite strong trade data. *Hot money inflows may have distorted trade data. SHANGHAI, Feb 13- China's yuan edged lower against the dollar on Thursday as traders reported lower-than-expected corporate dollar sales despite data showing an unexpectedly large trade surplus in January.
*Govt debt reaches record 1,017 trillion yen last year-MOF. TOKYO, Feb 10- Japan posted its smallest current account surplus on record last year, throwing the spotlight back on Tokyo's ability to service its huge debt and exposing a danger point in an economy starting to find its feet after years of underperformance.
TOKYO, Feb 10- Japan posted its smallest current account surplus on record last year in a worrying sign that sluggish exports and the rising cost of energy imports will hamper economic growth.
TOKYO, Feb 10- Japan's current account logged a record deficit for December, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, as a weak yen inflated the cost of energy imports. The deficit stood at 638.6 billion yen, against a median forecast for 707.7 billion yen. For more background on this data, please see this PREVIEW.
LONDON, Feb 7- Britain's trade deficit plunged in December to its lowest since July 2012, driven by erratic goods such as aircraft, but smaller-than-expected manufacturing growth underscored the challenge of rebalancing the economy.
TOKYO, Feb 7- Japan is on track to post a record trade deficit in January, preliminary data showed on Friday, in a warning sign that consistently weak export demand could weigh on economic growth.
*Trade deficit C $1.66 billion in December. OTTAWA/ TORONTO, Feb 6- Canada's trade deficit jumped to the highest level in a year in December, a government report showed on Thursday, the latest in a series of disappointing economic figures that are expected to keep the Bank of Canada from raising interest rates this year.
*Trade deficit widens to $38.7 billion in December. WASHINGTON, Feb 6- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, in a boost to the labor market outlook and the broader economy.
*Canada trade gap C $1.66 billion, highest since Nov 2012. OTTAWA, Feb 6- Canada's trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level since November 2012, C $1.66 billion, almost C $1 billion more than expected, with imports hitting a record level despite a drop in import volumes.
BANGALORE, Feb 6- The Indian rupee is now less prone to an emerging market currency sell-off due to a narrowing current account deficit and an improved outlook for the economy, a Reuters poll of foreign exchange strategists showed on Thursday.
SEOUL, Jan 29- South Korea's industrial output surged in December and its current account surplus grew to a record last year, suggesting Asia's fourth-largest economy carried strong momentum into 2014 with sufficient buffers to weather the latest global markets turmoil.
TOKYO, Jan 27- Japan's trade deficit widened sharply to a record in 2013 as import costs outpaced export receipts due to a weaker yen and higher fuel bills, and the third straight annual shortfall was a reminder of the challenge facing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
TOKYO, Jan 27- Japanese exports rose 15.3 percent in December but imports outpaced shipments due to a weak yen and subsequent higher fuel import costs, resulting in a record trade deficit for 2013, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday.