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Australia's employment surge continues in March

SYDNEY--Australia's economic recovery continued to be led by employment growth, which soared by 71,000 in March, further lowering the unemployment rate. The jobless rate fell to 5.6% in March, down from 5.8% in February, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Employment has rebounded strongly in recent months, in line with a broad recovery in economic activity, the fastest in 70 years. 11:46 p.m. April 14, 2021

Singapore economy grows for first time since 2019

SINGAPORE--Singapore's economy swung to growth for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2019, as an expansion in goods-producing industries and manufacturing during the first quarter outweighed contraction in construction and services-producing industries. 11:57 p.m. April 13, 2021

New Zealand central bank keeps rates unchanged

WELLINGTON, New Zealand--The Reserve Bank of New Zealand said economic recovery from the pandemic remains uncertain and left its two main tools for influencing the economy unchanged at stimulatory levels. 11:56 p.m. April 13, 2021

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John Kerry Says Climate Is a Free-Standing Issue Ahead of China Trip

U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry tells WSJ’s Timothy Puko that the issue of climate is “not for trade” against other critical differences the U.S. currently has with China. Photo: Rob Alcaraz/The Wall Street Journal video content

6:08 p.m. April 13, 2021
Australian business conditions hit record high

SYDNEY--Australian business conditions rose to a record high in March as economic indicators continued to point to a strong rebound in overall economic activity led by the job market, where hiring has surged.

11:35 p.m. April 12, 2021
China's first-quarter exports jump nearly 40%

BEIJING--China's exports in the first quarter rose 38.7% from a year earlier in yuan terms, compared with a 50.1% increase recorded in the January-February period, the General Administration of Customs said Tuesday.

10:24 p.m. April 12, 2021
China factory-gate prices surge as oil rises

BEIJING--China's factory-gate prices jumped in March to the highest level in over two years, fueled by rising global commodity prices. The producer price index rose 4.4% in March from a year earlier, accelerating from a 1.7% rise in February. It was higher than a 3.6% increase expected by economists polled earlier by The Wall Street Journal.

10:22 p.m. April 8, 2021
China service-sector gauge rises to 3-month high

A private gauge of China's service-sector activity hit a three-month high in March as coronavirus flare-ups in the winter eased. The Caixin China Services purchasing managers index climbed to 54.3 in March from February's 10-month low of 51.5, Caixin Media Co. and research firm Markit said Tuesday. The index stood above the 50-mark separating expansion from contraction, signaling that supply and demand in the services sector continued to grow.

10:59 p.m. April 5, 2021
China Targets H&M With Xinjiang Propaganda Made for Home and Abroad

Beijing is beating back international criticism of its treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang with a propaganda push on Facebook, Twitter and the big screen. Here’s how China’s campaign against Western brands is aimed at audiences at home and abroad. Photo: Thomas Peter/Reuters video content

7:03 a.m. April 2, 2021
China private manufacturing gauge weakens

China's manufacturing activity moderated in March with the slowest rate of expansion in 11 months, according to a private survey of manufacturers. The Caixin China purchasing managers index, which is weighted toward small, private manufacturers, dropped to 50.6 last month from 50.9 in February, Caixin Media Co.

11:34 p.m. March 31, 2021
Japan's manufacturing confidence has recovered

TOKYO--Sentiment among Japan's large manufacturers returned to pre-pandemic levels thanks to a global economic recovery, including the nation's biggest trading partners, the U.S. and China. The main index measuring large manufacturers' sentiment was 5 in March, compared with minus 10 in December, according to the Bank of Japan's quarterly tankan corporate survey released on Thursday.

9:10 p.m. March 31, 2021

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