BEIJING (dpa-AFX) - The Bank of Japan will on Monday release the minutes from its monetary policy meeting on January 20 and 21, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity.
At the meeting, the BoJ kept its monetary policy unchanged and lowered its near-term inflation forecast. The bank also extended its loan scheme by one year in order to encourage lending.
Japan also will see supermarket sales numbers for January; in December, sales were down 1.8 percent on year.
New Zealand will provide January figures for credit card spending; in December, spending was down 0.6 percent on month and up 4.5 percent on year.
Singapore will see January numbers for consumer prices; in December, inflation was down 0.2 percent both on month and on year.
Hong Kong will release consumer price data for January, with analysts expecting the inflation rate to ease to 4.4 percent from 4.9 percent in December.
Finally, the markets in China and Taiwan remain closed for the Lunar New Year holiday.
Copyright RTT News/dpa-AFX
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