WASHINGTON, Jan 30- U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 percent annual pace after the third quarter's spectacular 5 percent rate, the Commerce Department said in its first fourth-quarter...» Read More
TOKYO, Aug 20- Japan's exports rose 3.9 percent in July from a year earlier, government data showed on Wednesday, up for the first time in three months in an encouraging sign that a pick-up in external demand will bolster economic growth. That resulted in a trade deficit of 964.0 billion yen, versus an expected shortfall of 702.5 billion yen.
*Current account surplus narrows to 16 bln ringgit. KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15- Malaysia's economy grew 6.4 percent in the second quarter, faster than expected, as exports kept up their strong performance and consumer spending stayed buoyant despite steps by the central bank to curb high household debt levels.
JAKARTA, Aug 14- Indonesia's central bank on Thursday reported a larger than expected second quarter current account deficit, but kept its key policy rates unchanged, and predicted improvement later this year.
JAKARTA, Aug 13- Indonesia's current account deficit in the second quarter was larger than expected at 4.27 percent of gross domestic product or $9.1 billion, central bank governor Agus Martowardojo said on Thursday.
LONDON, Aug 8- Sagging exports pushed Britain's trade deficit to a five-month high in June, suggesting a more balanced economic recovery still looks a way off, although the construction industry recovered from a dip in May.
*Trade surplus $47.3 bln vs $27 bln forecast. By Kevin Yao and Xiaoyi Shao. BEIJING, Aug 8- China's buoyant exports pushed its trade surplus to a record in July, fuelling optimism global demand will help counter pressure on the domestic economy from a weakening property sector.
BERLIN, Aug 8- German imports surged at their fastest pace in over three years in June, suggesting domestic demand in Europe's largest economy remains strong in the face of political crises abroad. The trade surplus narrowed to 16.2 billion euros from 18.8 billion the previous month.
*Trade surplus $47.3 bln vs $27 bln forecast. BEIJING, Aug 8- China's surprisingly buoyant exports in July pushed its trade surplus to a record, but a drop in imports signals sluggish domestic demand that will likely call for continuing policy support to keep economic growth on track.
HONG KONG, Aug 8- The Chinese yuan appeared set to register its third consecutive week of gains as the central bank signaled it was comfortable with the stronger levels as the economy was improving.
BEIJING, Aug 8- China's exports in July jumped 14.5 percent from a year earlier, while imports fell 1.6 percent, leaving the country with a trade surplus of $47.3 billion for the month, the General Administration of Customs said on Friday.
*Trade deficit narrows to $41.5 billion in June. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the trade gap shrank 7.0 percent to $41.5 billion, the lowest reading since January. "The improvement in June could mean a modest upward revision to the second-quarter GDP estimate," said Millan Mulraine, deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York.
*Trade deficit falls to $41.5 billion in June. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the trade gap dropped 7.0 percent to $41.5 billion, the lowest reading since January. Economists polled by Reuters had expected the deficit to widen slightly to $44.7 billion in June from a previously reported $44.4 billion shortfall in May.
OTTAWA, Aug 6- Canada's trade surplus soared unexpectedly to a two and a half year high C $1.86 billion in June, boosted by record exports and falling imports, Statistics Canada data indicated on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, Aug 6- The U.S. trade deficit narrowed more than expected in June as petroleum imports dropped to a 3-1/ 2 year low, suggesting that trade was less of a drag on second-quarter economic growth than initially thought. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the trade gap dropped 7.0 percent to $41.5 billion, the lowest reading since January.
JAKARTA, Aug 5- Indonesia's economy unexpected failed to gain traction in the second quarter, growing at the slowest annual pace since the last three months of 2009.. In the latest quarter, there was a trade deficit of $2.20 billion in April-June, following a surplus of $1.07 billion in the first three months of the year.
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed a bit more than expected in May as exports jumped to a record high.
The U.S. current account deficit increased to its widest point in 1-1/2 years in the first quarter as exports slumped.
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."
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.
Live from Bali at the World Trade Organization conference, CNBC's Lisa Oake says leaders are working on regional deals in case a multilateral trade pact fails.