08:59 UK time, Wednesday, 16 April 2014
China's economic growth of 7.4% in the first quarter is in line with the country's 2014 annual year-on-year target of about 7.5% growth.
Japan's trade deficit quadrupled last month compared to March 2013, as export growth slows and energy imports continue to rise.
After nearly six years of falling real wages, rises in weekly earnings have finally caught up with inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five year low of 2.24 million in the three months to February, official figures indicate.
The US tells China its currency must be allowed to rise if its own and the rest of the world's economy are to see stable growth.
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