UK Consumer Lending Highest Since 2008 -- Update

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Jason Douglas And Nicholas Winning LONDON--Lending to households in the U.K. rose in July to its highest monthly total in six years, a sign that low interest rates and a fast-growing economy are reviving Britons' appetite for borrowing. Bank ...

Russia's Manufacturing Sector Grows Despite Western Sanctions Over Ukraine

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Andrey Ostroukh MOSCOW--Russian manufacturing showed a second consecutive month of growth in August, propped up by new orders, suggesting that Western sanctions haven't yet impacted the sector, the HSBC Manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index showed Monday. The headline manufacturing PMI ...

Oil Futures Rangebound on Ukraine Tensions, China Data

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures traded in a narrow price range in Asia Monday as markets weighed events in Ukraine and China's manufacturing data that pointed to further slowing of the economy. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet ...

India July Infrastructure Output -- Table of Data

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

Following is a breakdown of India's infrastructure output: Sector Weight Period July June July April-July April-July 2014 2014 2013 2014-15 2013-14 Coal 4.38 +6.0% +8.1% +1.0% +5.7% -1.1% Crude Oil 5.22 -1.0% +0.1% -2.3% -0.3% -1.6% Natural Gas 1.71 -9.0% ...

India's Current-Account Deficit Narrows, Helped by Export Rebound

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Nupur Acharya MUMBAI--India's current-account deficit narrowed sharply in the last quarter as exports rebounded and government restrictions on the import of gold helped improve India's trade balance. The deficit thinned to $7.8 billion, or 1.7% of gross domestic product, ...

Thailand Inflation Continues to Ease

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Nopparat Chaichalearmmongkol BANGKOK--Thailand's consumer prices eased further for the third consecutive month in August, leading some economists to predict that the country's central bank will keep its interest rate unchanged at least for the rest of the year. The ...

Indian Manufacturing Continues to Expand in August

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

NEW DELHI--Manufacturing activity in India in August continued to expand albeit off a 17-month high in July, the seasonally adjusted HSBC India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers" Index prepared by Markit showed. The index was 52.4, according to the survey released Monday. ...

Australia Capital City House Prices Continue to Rise

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

SYDNEY--Australian house prices continued to rise sharply in the three months to the end of August as record low mortgage interest rates fanned boom conditions. Capital city dwelling prices rose 4.2% over the three months to August, with Melbourne leading ...

New Zealand's Terms of Trade Remains at 40-Year Highs Even as Dairy Softens

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Lucy Craymer WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand's terms of trade rose slightly to a new 40-year high in the second quarter coming in significantly better than expected, partly on better-than-forecast export prices. The merchandise, or goods, terms-of-trade index rose 0.3% ...

Poland's Manufacturing PMI Falls to 49 Points in August

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

WARSAW--A key guage of Poland's manufacturing activity signaled another contraction in August, with the decline of the purchasing managers' index now the longest since that registered between March and December 2008, HSBC said Monday. The survey of 300 industrial companies, ...

S. Korea Exports Drop 0.1% in August

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Kwanwoo Jun SEOUL--South Korea's exports in August dropped following a solid increase in July, government data showed Monday, meeting market expectations for fewer working days and less output due to the summer vacation to have slowed the country's shipments ...

Indonesia August CPI up 3.99% Year Over Year

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Linda Silaen JAKARTA, Indonesia--Inflation in Indonesia eased to 3.99% year over year in August from 4.53% in July, the official Central Statistics Agency said Monday. It is the slowest pace in more than two years thanks to a high ...

U.K. Consumer Lending in July Highest Since 2008

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Jason Douglas And Nicholas Winning LONDON--Lending to households in the U.K. rose in July to its highest monthly total in six years, a sign that low interest rates and a fast-growing economy are reviving Britons' appetite for borrowing. Bank ...

US Court Dismisses Antitrust Cases Against Aluminum Traders

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Matthew Cowley LONDON--A U.S. court has dismissed antitrust cases brought against traders in the aluminum market saying there was no deliberate conspiracy to push up prices. The class-action lawsuits alleged that several banks and trading houses, including Goldman Sachs ...

Estonia Cuts Growth Forecast

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Liis Kangsepp TALLINN--Estonia cut its growth forecasts for the second time in six months Monday, citing an even bleaker outlook for important export markets, such as Finland, Latvia and Russia. Finance Minister Jurgen Ligi said that growth would be ...

Brazil HSBC August Manufacturing PMI Up to 50.2 From 49.1

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Rogerio Jelmayer SAO PAULO--Brazil's manufacturing activity increased in August for the first time in five months, on the absence of negative impacts generated by the World Cup in prior months. The HSBC Brazil Purchasing Managers' Index increased to 50.2 ...

Merkel Stresses Need for More Sanctions Against Russia

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

BERLIN--Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday stressed the need to prepare more sanctions against Russia because the risk stemming from the country's "unacceptable" behavior in Ukraine outweighs economic risks for German companies. Her comments come after European Union leaders agreed late ...

Ruble Hits New Record Low Against Dollar --Update

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Sept. 1, 2014

By Josie Cox The Russian ruble hit a fresh record low against the dollar Monday, burdened by continued fighting in Ukraine over the weekend and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso's warning that the situation was approaching "a point of ...

Consumer Confidence Rose in August -2-

TODAY: Sept. 1, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 31, 2014

Pedro Nicolaci da Costa Real Time Economics Blog WSJ.com (END) Dow Jones Newswires August 30, 2014 20:26 ET (00:26 GMT) Copyright (c) 2014 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.