Good News: Trading In Asia Starts Friday In The Green

Asian economy snapshot

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Asian markets started the day moderately higher, after good economic data out of Japan bolstered equities.Retail sales topped economist expectations by 30 basis points, while reversing negative results in November.

A market update is below.

Japan’s Nikkei has increased 0.4% to 8,885.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 is up 0.8% to 4,307.

The South Korean Kospi has gained 0.3% to 1,963.

Singapore’s FTSE Straits Times Index is up 0.3% to 2,904.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index has added 0.4% to 20,513.