[SHANGHAI] China will encourage its big cities to build more shopping centres this year to meet the growing consumption demands of local residents, according to new government guidelines.

[JAKARTA] Indonesia's economy grew at its fastest pace in four years in October-December, but sluggish consumption continues to keep the growth rate from moving much above 5.0 per cent, where it...

PRIVATE consumption and investment drove euro-area economic growth in the third quarter, underpinning a recovery that has spread across the 19-nation bloc.

[TOKYO] Japan's retail sales fell short of expectations in October, raising questions about an expected rebound in consumption after a weak third quarter...

JAPAN'S retail sales rose in September at the fastest pace in three months as shoppers spent more on clothes and daily goods in a sign that consumer spending remains strong due to a tight labour...

[SEOUL] South Korea's finance ministry on Friday said weak private consumption and tepid jobs growth are holding back economic expansion even as exports continue to post robust gains...

[SEOUL] South Korea's discount store sales rose for a fifth straight month in July in a sign private consumption is picking up thanks to an uptick in consumer sentiment, trade ministry data...

INDONESIA'S gross domestic product grew more slowly than expected in the second quarter, as private consumption remained lethargic, adding to signs that South-east Asia's largest economy is...