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In economic news, Japan’s consumer sentiment expanded in August as the index rose to 42.0 from the prior month’s reading of 41.3, while topping economists’ estimates of 41.8. Elsewhere, Australia’s retail sales posted a flat reading in July, shy of both the prior-month’s 0.1% increase and forecasts of 0.3% expansion. Finally, South Korea’s second-quarter GDP posted a revised reading of 3.3% after a preliminary reading of 3.2%, representing an increase from the 2.8% posted in the first quarter.
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