Tokyo shares end sharply higher
Tokyo shares ended trading on Wednesday sharply higher with the benchmark Nikkei index soaring over 4 percent on solid Shanghai stocks market and the betterthan-expected US economic data. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average skyrocketed 661.04 points, or 4.11 percent, from Tuesday to 16,746.55. to give New Zealand a slight trade surplus last year, the government statistics agency said onWednesday. Total exports of goods and services were valued at NZ$69.3 billion ($45.99 billion) in 2015, while imports totaled NZ$66.9 billion, according to Statistics New Zealand. same month last year, the French car sales federation said on Tuesday. At the end of February, local car manufacturers sold 199,948 units across France, up from 176,993 vehicles sold the same month in 2015. Sales of French brands grew by 12.1 percent mainly due to growing sales of Renault. The second-largest carmaker in France, Dacia, sold 14.9 percent more cars with sales of its low-cost brand rising sharply by 30.1 percent. in 2013, according to the preliminary estimates of real gross domestic product published by the Statistics South Africa on Tuesday. Overall economic growth in 2015 was characterized by two of the main industry groups shrinking in size, while the other eight experienced some growth, said Stats SA. The main factor of the slowdown in 2015 was agriculture.