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Eurozone investor sentiment weakened for the second straight month to the lowest since early 2015, results of a survey by Sentix revealed Monday. The investor sentiment index dropped more-than-expected to 6 in February from 9.6 in January. It was forecast to ease to 8.8. This was the lowest score...

Denmark's trade surplus decreased in December, as imports grew faster than exports, figures from Statistics Denmark showed Monday. The seasonally adjusted trade surplus, excluding ship and airplanes, shrank to DKK 5.3 billion in December from DKK 5.6 billion in the previous month. Exports climbed...

Turkey's industrial production growth accelerated unexpectedly at the end of the year, figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute showed Monday. Industrial production rose a calendar-adjusted 4.5 percent year-over-year in December, faster than the 3.6 percent climb in the previous month. Economists...

Czech industrial production growth eased sharply in December, defying economists' expectations for an improvement, figures from the Czech Statistical Office showed Monday. Industrial production rose 0.7 percent year-over-year in December, much slower than the 5.7 percent gain in November. Economists...

The French economy is set to expand 0.4 percent in the first quarter, the Bank of France said Monday. The economy had expanded only 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. According to a monthly survey, the business confidence index rose marginally to 101 in January from 100 in December. Industrial...

Czech trade balance turned to a surplus in December from a deficit in the previous year, as exports grew faster than imports, preliminary figures from the Czech Statistical Office showed Monday. The trade balance showed a surplus of CZK 0.5 billion in December versus a deficit of CZK 5.6 billion in...

Spain's industrial production grew at a slower pace in December, the statistical office INE showed Monday. Industrial output advanced 3.7 percent year-on-year, following November's 4.3 percent increase. On an unadjusted basis, growth in production eased notably to 2.9 percent in December from...

Hungary's merchandise trade surplus in December rose more-than-expected from a year ago, led by strong export growth, preliminary data from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed Monday. The trade surplus grew to EUR 643 million from EUR 246 billion a year ago. Economists had forecast a...

Finland's foreign trade deficit increased markedly at the end of the year, as exports fell and imports rose, preliminary figures from the Finnish Customs showed Monday. The trade deficit widened to EUR 340 million in December from EUR 26 million in the corresponding month last year. In November, the...

EEP10-011515_08Feb16.jpg Investor confidence data from euro area is due on Monday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

China's foreign exchange reserves declined to the lowest since 2012, data published by the People's Bank of China showed Sunday. Foreign exchange reserves fell $99.5 billion to $3.23 trillion in January. The decline was followed by a $107.9 billion decrease in December. In 2015 as a whole, reserves...

A measure of peoples' assessment of the Japanese economy decreased more-than-expected at the start of the year, survey figures from the Cabinet Office showed Monday. The current index of Economy Watchers' survey dropped to 46.6 in January from a 4-month high of 48.7 in December. Economists had expected...

Total labor cash earnings in Japan increased at a slower-than-expected pace in December, preliminary report from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare showed Tuesday. Gross earning rose slightly by 0.1 percent year-over-year in December, slower than the 0.7 percent hike expected by economists....

Ireland's construction sector expanded at the fastest pace in seven months in January, driven by stronger rise in new business, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Monday. The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers' Index rose notably to 63.6 in January from 58.6 in the previous month....

japanexports-112510.jpg Japan had a current account surplus of 960.7 billion yen in December, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday - up 325.2 percent on year. The headline figure was shy of expectations for 1,051.7 billion yen and down from 1,143.5 billion in November. The trade balance showed a surplus of 188.7 billion...

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