Brazil’s January retail sales unexpectedly rose in January, as the central bank continues to raise rates to combat above-target inflation.
Canon Inc. , the world’s largest camera maker, forecast net income will rise 26 percent, helped by sales of single-lens reflex cameras and office equipment.
Japan’s Topix index closed at its lowest in a month as investors awaited a two-day Federal Reserve policy meeting starting tomorrow and the yen advanced for a second day against the dollar.
Japanese stocks rose, paring a monthly loss for the Nikkei 225 Stock Average, on speculation Europe may be close to a deal that will allow cash-strapped Greece to roll over some of its debt, helping avert a default and a possible banking crisis.
Brother Industries Ltd., a Japanese office-equipment maker, climbed the most in almost four months in Tokyo trading after raising its first-half net income forecast by 62 percent.