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Japan Data On Tap For Friday

03/30/2017 - 18:00:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - Japan will release a raft of data on Friday, setting the pace for a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. On tap are February numbers for inflation, unemployment, household spending, industrial production, housing starts and construction orders.

Inflation is expected to add 0.3 percent on year, down from 0.4 percent in January, while core CPI is pegged at 0.2 percent - up from 0.1 percent a month earlier.

The jobless rate is expected to hold steady at 3.0 percent, while household spending is forecast to have fallen an annual 1.7 percent after shedding 1.2 percent a month earlier.

Industrial production is expected to have added 1.2 percent on month and 3.9 percent on year after falling 0.4 percent on month and rising 3.7 percent on year in January.

Housing starts are expected to slip 1.2 percent on year after spiking 12.8 percent in the previous month. Construction orders gained an annual 1.1 percent in January.

Australia will release private sector credit numbers for February, and also see March figures for the business confidence survey from NBNZ.

Private sector credit is called higher by 0.5 percent on month and 5.3 percent on year after gaining 0.2 percent on month and 5.4 percent on year in January. The business confidence survey had a score of 16.6 in February.

China will provide March numbers for the official manufacturing and non-manufacturing PMIs. The manufacturing PMI is expected to show a score of 51.7, up from 51.6 in February - when the non-manufacturing index came in at 54.2.

South Korea will see February figures for industrial production and retail sales. In January, output advanced 3.3 percent on month and 1.7 percent on year, while sales fell 2.2 percent on month and gained 4.0 percent on year.

Thailand will release February numbers for imports, exports and trade balance. In January, imports were worth $15.17 billion and exports were at $17.06 billion for a trade surplus of $1.89 percent.

Malaysia will provide February data for producer prices; in January, prices were up 2.0 percent on month and 10.2 percent on year.

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