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France's economic growth doubled as estimated in the fourth quarter, final data from the statistical office Insee showed Friday. Gross domestic product grew 0.4 percent sequentially, following third quarter's 0.2 percent expansion. The estimates were left unrevised. On average over the year, GDP...

Recent spike in inflation does not mean interest rates must be raised, Bank of England policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe said Friday. Much of the inflationary pressure can be attributed to the sterling's devaluation and the consequent rise in prices of products such as fuel and food, Vlieghe said in an...

Fitch Ratings said the policy targets announced at China's National People's Congress are likely to result in a further build-up of economic imbalances, at least in the short term. Fitch noted that the NPC, which concluded last week, appeared to confirm a partial shift in policy focus toward curbing...

Finland's retail sales decreased marginally in February, preliminary figures from Statistics Finland showed Friday. The retail sales value edged down 0.2 percent year-over-year in February. Similarly, the price-adjusted volume of retail sales dropped by 0.8 percent. In daily consumer goods trade,...

Finland's producer prices increased for the fourth consecutive month in February, data from Statistics Finland showed Friday. Producer prices for manufactured products climbed at a faster pace of 5.3 percent year-over-year in February, following a 3.9 percent rise in January. The PPI Inflation...

Dutch economic growth eased less than initially estimated in the three months ended December, latest figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Friday. Gross domestic product rose 0.6 percent sequentially in the fourth quarter instead of a 0.5 percent increase reported earlier. In the third...

EEP14-011515_24Mar17.jpg Flash Purchasing Managers' survey results from euro area and mortgage approvals from the UK are due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Singapore's industrial production expanded at a faster-than-expected pace in February, figures from the Economic Development Board showed Friday. Industrial production advanced 12.6 percent year-over-year in February, much faster than the 2.2 percent rise in January. Economists had expected a...

Japan's leading index rose less than estimated in January, final data from the Cabinet Office showed Friday. The leading index climbed marginally to 104.9 in January from 104.8 in December. The score was revised down from 105.5. The indicator measures the future course of economic activity. Nonetheless,...

South Korea's consumer confidence rose to a 5-month high in March, survey data from Bank of Korea showed Friday. The consumer sentiment index climbed to 96.7 in March from 94.4 in February. This was the highest since October 2016. Nonetheless, a reading below 100 indicates that pessimists outnumber...

Malaysia's consumer price inflation accelerated at a faster-than-expected pace in February to the highest level in eight years, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. The consumer price index climbed 4.5 percent year-over-year in February, much faster than the 3.2 percent rise in...

Malaysia's economy is expected to continue growing positively in the first half of 2017, data from the Department of Statistics revealed Friday. The leading index, which monitors the economic performance in advance, grew 0.7 percent in January from the prior month. The increase was underpinned...

British households perceived that the value of their homes increased again in March, survey figures from IHS Markit and Knight Frank showed Friday. The Knight Frank/Markit House Price Sentiment Index, or HPSI, came in at 57.5 in March, the same reading as in February. However, any reading above...

The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand in March, albeit at a slower rate, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Friday with a PMI score of 52.6. That's down from 53.3 in February, although it remains above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Individually,...

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg New Zealand posted a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$18 million in February, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday. That missed forecasts for a surplus of NZ$180 million following the upwardly revised NZ$257 million deficit in January (originally -NZ$285 million). Exports were down 5.5 percent...

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