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  • *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.

  • UPDATE 1-Record imports boost Canada Dec trade gap Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 8:41 AM ET

    *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.

  • Japan logs record trade deficit in 2013 - MOF Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | 6:58 PM ET

    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.

  • HOUSTON, Jan 22- Lifting the U.S. ban on crude exports would give refiners more flexibility to run a variety of grades and help narrow the gaping U.S. trade deficit, a Phillips 66 official said on Wednesday as did former Secretary of State James Baker.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 14- Robust U.S. retail sales data and a record Japanese current account deficit fueled the U.S. dollar's rally against the yen on Tuesday, while mixed signals from European central bankers kept the euro in check.

  • BERLIN, Jan 14- Germany's world-beating current account surplus probably hit a new record in 2013 of about $260 billion, the Ifo think tank said on Tuesday, prompting the government to pledge to boost domestic spending and investment. Germany's surplus was far higher than China's, the world's leading exporter, which was in second place with $195 billion, Ifo said.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 14- Stronger-than-expected December U.S. retail sales data and a record Japanese current account deficit helped push the U.S. dollar higher against the yen on Tuesday while mixed signals among European central bankers kept the euro in check.

  • BERLIN, Jan 14- Germany's world-beating current account surplus most likely hit a new record in 2013 of about $260 billion as much of its earnings from exported goods was invested abroad rather than spent at home, the Ifo think tank said on Tuesday.

  • TOKYO, Jan 14- Japan's current account logged a deficit for a second straight month in November, Ministry of Finance data showed on Tuesday, as a weak yen inflated the cost of energy imports.

  • *Dec trade surplus $25.6 bln vs f'cast $31.2 bln. BEIJING, Jan 10- China's export growth slowed more than expected in December due to a higher comparison base a year earlier and a clamp-down on speculative activities disguised as export deals, missing the official target on foreign trade.

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