Japan's Nikkei share average settled 0.6% down at 19, 234. 62 points as market's sentiment was dimmed by a stronger yen. Investors also took caution of the weakened financials which were weighed down by the decline in U.S. bond yields after relatively dovish comments from a top U.S. Fed Reserve official.

The benchmark index ended negative for the week, declining by 0.7%. The Topix shed 0.4% to 1,544.54 while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 lost 0.5% to 13,855.47.

New York Fed Chief William Dudley's recent comments was perceived as more dovish compared to Fed Chair Janet Yellen's remarks before the Congress, who struck a hawkish tone.

Financial stocks lost ground after a recent rally due to the surge in U.S. yields earlier this week. The sector underperformed after the yields on the 10-year notes sank to 2.44% down from the 2.50% seen on Wednesday.

Toshiba Corp. posted a steep drop of 9.2% after rating agency S&P issued a warning that it could slash the group's rating if financial backing from lenders includes any form of loan restructuring. There were also concerns that the stock may be downgraded to the second section of Tokyo Stock Exchange if continues to underperform until the end of the business year.

As expected, the unemployment rate in Poland fell in May, the country's Central Statistical Office said on Monday.

Figures showed that Poland's unemployment rate declined to 7.4 percent in May from April's 7.7 percent, in line with expectations.

The statistical bureau recorded a rate of 9.1 percent in the same month a year ago.

From 1.25 million unemployed people in April, the number fell to 1.2 million in May. That compared to the 1.46 million registered last year.

Statistics New Zealand said the merchandise trade surplus in New Zealand came in at NZ$103 million in May.

The result fell short of market expectations for NZ$103 million in May and was below the revised NZ$536 million registered in April.

Exports surpassed the NZ$4.93 billion expected by economists after rising 8.7 percent annually to NZ$4.95 billion.

Imports rose 15.0 percent to NZ$4.85 billion on year versus expectations for NZ$4.48 billion and up from NZ$4.16 billion.

2017.06.27 10:46:00 UTC+00

Finland Retail Sales Advance In May

Statistics Finland on Tuesday said retail sales in Finland advanced in May from the previous year.

Initial data from the statistical office revealed that retail sales rose an annual 1.4 percent in May, while price-adjusted retail sales volume increased the same 1.4 percent.

Sales and sales volume in daily consumer goods trade jumped 1.2 percent in May from the same month a year ago.

Final results will be released on July 12.

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