Hole in China Data Vexes Economists as January Numbers Delayed

Hole in China Data Vexes Economists as January Numbers Delayed

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Among major Asian economies that observe Lunar New Year, China is alone in its practice of delaying publication of some January data by a month. Vietnam and Taiwan, which also have a weeklong holiday, don’t skip any releases, while the partial-week festival in Hong Kong, Singapore or Malaysia doesn’t create such a delay.