Australia will on Thursday provide trade balance figures for February, headlining a day of modest activity in Asia-Pacific economic news. Forecasts call for a surplus of 700 million Australian dollars, down from the 970 million Australian dollar surplus in January.

Hong Kong will announce retail sales data for February. Analysts are expecting the value of sales to decline 2 percent on year following the 7.4 percent annual jump in January. By volume, sales are expected to ease 3 percent on year after the 5.4 percent annual jump in the previous month.

Singapore will provide March PMI numbers, with analysts expecting an index score of 45.6 - up from 45 in February. The electronics PMI is expected to come in at 44.2, up from 43.8 a month earlier.

Japan will provide monetary base figures for March, which came in higher by 6.4 percent in the previous month. Also, the Ministry of Finance will provide weekly capital inflow numbers for stocks and bonds.

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