CANBERA (dpa-AFX) - Japan is on Tuesday scheduled to release final numbers for industrial production in January, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Little change is expected from the preliminary reading that called for an increase in output of 2.0 percent on month and a contraction of 1.2 percent on year, as well as a 3.1 percent monthly gain in capacity utilization.
In addition, Japan also will release February figures for machine tool orders and the Q4 BSI Large Industry Index. In January, tool orders were down an annual 8.6 percent, while the all industry index was down 2.5 percent on quarter and the manufacturing index shed 6.1 percent on quarter.
South Korea will release the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February, with analysts expecting the rate to hold steady at 3.2 percent.
India will announce WPI figures for February, with forecasts suggesting an increase of 6.7 percent - up from 6.55 percent in January.
Australia will provide dwelling starts data for the fourth quarter of 2011, as well as results from the Westpac consumer confidence index for March. Dwelling starts are expected to fall 3.0 percent after shedding 6.8 percent in the third quarter. The Westpac index was up 4.2 percent in February with a score of 101.1.
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