PEKING (dpa-AFX) - Hong Kong is on Monday scheduled to release January figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity.
The trade balance is expected to reflect a deficit of 21.4 billion Hong Kong dollars following the 47.95 billion HKD shortfall in December - when imports were worth 358.91 billion HKD and exports were at 310.96 billion HKD.
Singapore will see January figures for consumer prices, with analysts expecting the inflation rate to creep up to 4.6 percent on year from 4.3 percent in December - when CPI also added 0.7 percent on month.
China will see February results for the HSBC Flash Manufacturing PMI, with forecasts suggesting a score of 52.2 - down barely from 53.3 but still above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.
Japan will provide January data for corporate service prices, with analysts predicting a decline of 0.2 percent on year following the 0.4 percent annual decline in December.
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