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*Japan logs largest-ever trade deficit, nudges up dollar/yen. TOKYO, April 21- Asian stock markets were subdued on Monday, as tensions in Ukraine kept investors cautious amid an absence of catalysts as several markets remained closed for the Easter holiday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched down 0.1 percent.
TOKYO, April 21- Japan suffered its worst annual trade deficit in March as exports growth slowed to its weakest in a year, suggesting a rapid loss of economic momentum that may prompt policy makers into early action as a national sales tax hike puts more strain on growth.
SEOUL, April 18- South Korea came under fresh pressure on Friday to let the won rise faster, when the International Monetary Fund said it was carrying an abnormally big current account surplus and that more dollar purchases would do more harm than good.
BRUSSELS, April 15- The euro zone's trade surplus widened in February from a year earlier on rising exports with imports unchanged, the European Union's statistics office Eurostat said on Tuesday.
NEW DELHI, April 11- Gold and silver imports into India, the world's second-biggest buyer of the metal, dropped 40 percent to $33.46 billion in 2013/ 14, a trade ministry source said on Friday, following a series of restrictions imposed by the federal government to curtail the current account deficit.
BEIJING, April 10- China's exports fell 6.6 percent in March from a year earlier, while imports slipped 11.3 percent, leaving the country with a trade surplus of $7.7 billion for the month, the Customs Administration said on Thursday.
*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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
*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.