Government data shows Japan's output growing 1.7 percent in the first quarter. That's stronger than many economists predicted, and ensured the country avoided slipping into recession.
Russia's central bank has cut its key interest rate again as inflation hits a record low. The nation is struggling to pick up speed after a drawn-out recession, with a lack of structural reforms making recovery volatile.
The word's third-largest economy has grown by a much stronger rate than expected by analysts, fresh figures from the government have shown. The expansion came on the back of stronger domestic demand.
The 19 nations sharing the euro have logged a moderate GDP growth rate for the first quarter. Analysts were quick to point out that economic expansion was a lot faster than in the US, the world's largest economy.
The world's third-largest economy has grown again in the first quarter, marking a long string of gains since 2006. But analysts warned that the nation's long battle to conquer deflation was far from over.
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