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  • SEOUL, April 1- Following are South Korea's preliminary export and import figures for March, released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Wednesday:. MARCH* FEB Balance 8.4 7.7 Exports 47.0 41.5 -4.2 -3.3 Imports 38.6 33.8 -15.3 -19.7* Revised figures released on March 16. The trade surplus last month was the biggest on record.- The average export value...

  • TOKYO, March 25- Purchases of foreign stocks and bonds by Japan's giant pension funds and other big investors in 2015 could be their highest for at least a decade, if they keep pace with the $42 billion splurged during the first two months. The outflows would wash away support that the yen could expect from a trade balance which, helped by cheap world oil prices and...

  • U.S. Q4 current account deficit largest since 2012 Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 19- The U.S. current account deficit widened sharply in the fourth quarter and was the largest since 2012, as exports and the primary income surplus fell. The Commerce Department said on Thursday the current account gap, which measures the flow of goods, services and investments into and out of the country, increased to $113.5 billion from a...

  • PRETORIA, March 17- South Africa's current account deficit narrowed in the final quarter of 2014, although the economy and the rand remain vulnerable to shocks caused by capital outflows, the central bank said. The South African Reserve Bank, in its quarterly bulletin released on Tuesday, said rising exports helped shrink the current account deficit to 5.1...

  • JAKARTA, March 17- Indonesia's central bank, which surprised markets last month by cutting its benchmark rate, acted as expected on Tuesday and kept it unchanged on the eve of a key Federal Reserve meeting. Bank Indonesia said the current rate of 7.50 percent is consistent with efforts to contain inflation and the current account deficit. Tuesday's meeting...

  • SHANGHAI, March 9- China's yuan weakened against the dollar on Monday, after the central bank set its midpoint rate at the lowest level since November, which traders said signalled that monetary authorities intend to guide the currency mildly lower. Before the market opened, the People's Bank of China set the midpoint at 6.1563 per dollar, than Friday's fix at...

  • *Feb trade surplus $60.6 bln, vs f'cast of $10.8 bln. BEIJING, March 8- China's exports picked up in the first two months of 2015, propelled by February's exceptionally strong performance that was inflated by the timing of Lunar New Year, while a slide in imports pointed to persistent weakness in the economy. Data released by the General Administration of Customs...

  • *Feb trade surplus $60.6 bln, vs f'cast of $10.8 bln. BEIJING, March 8- China's exports jumped 48.3 percent in February from a year earlier- the strongest in nearly five years that comfortably beat market expectations- while imports slipped 20.5 percent, the General Administration of Customs said on Sunday. That produced a record trade surplus of $60.6 billion for...

  • China's February exports up 48.3 pct yr/yr -customs Saturday, 7 Mar 2015 | 11:06 PM ET

    BEIJING, March 8- China's exports jumped 48.3 percent in February from a year earlier, while imports fell 20.5 percent, producing a trade deficit of $60.6 billion for the month, the General Administration of Customs said on Sunday. That compared with market expectations in a Reuters poll of a rise of 14.2 percent in exports, a 10 percent fall in imports and a trade...

  • China's February exports surge, topping forecasts Saturday, 7 Mar 2015 | 10:30 PM ET
    An employee works at a garment factory, which exports products to Europe, in Hefei, Anhui province January 19, 2015.

    China's February exports surged 48.3 percent on year, sharply above forecasts, potentially signaling stronger economic growth for its trade partners.

  • OTTAWA, March 6- Canada's trade deficit in January more than doubled to a near-record C $2.45 billion, Statistics Canada said on Friday, amid a slump in oil prices that has crimped the resource-dependent economy. The deficit- considerably wider than the C $1 billion shortfall expected by analysts- was the second highest after the C $2.87 billion recorded in July...

  • Why this top-performing currency may falter Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 5:54 PM ET

    The Thai baht has surprised by becoming a top-performing currency over the past year despite political turmoil, but that may change, analysts say.

  • ZIGUINCHOR, Senegal, March 2- Senegal's President Macky Sall said on Monday that the strong U.S. dollar posed risks to the west African country's economy, which has already been hit by a drop in tourism due to the Ebola virus. Sall said the trade imbalance highlighted the need for countries in West Africa to move up the value chain to produce higher quality goods and...

  • BRASILIA, March 2- Brazil posted its biggest trade deficit ever for the month of February as prices of key exports continued to drop, government data showed on Monday. Brazil recorded a trade deficit of $2.842 billion in February, wider than the gap of $2.2 billion expected by nine analysts surveyed by Reuters. Trade Minister Armando Monteiro has said Brazil will...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter as businesses slowed their pace of stock accumulation and the trade deficit widened, but the underlying fundamentals remained solid. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual pace, revised down from the 2.6 percent pace estimated last month,...

  • *Fourth-quarter growth revised down to 2.2 percent rate. WASHINGTON, Feb 27- U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter amid a slow pace of stock accumulation by businesses and a wider trade deficit, but the underlying fundamentals remained solid. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual pace, revised...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter amid a slow pace of stock accumulation by businesses and a wider trade deficit, but the underlying fundamentals remained solid. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual pace, revised down from the 2.6 percent pace estimated last month, the...

  • *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.

  • 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...