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A measure of future economic activity in Germany rose for a fifth consecutive month in March on widespread strength among components, signalling that the growth momentum could improve in coming months, survey figures from the Conference Board revealed Wednesday. The Conference Board Leading Economic...

Belgium's business confidence strengthened for a fourth consecutive month in May and at a faster-than-expected pace, as sentiment improved in all sectors surveyed, data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Wednesday. The business confidence index rose to -4.9 from -6.2 in April, above the -5.7...

The European Central Bank maintained the level of Emergency Liquidity Assistance provided for Greek banks, report said citing sources on Wednesday. Greece has not requested to raise the ceiling as it has an unused liquidity buffer of EUR 3 billion under the ELA program. The Greece central bank has...

Cyprus' economic sentiment worsened in May, as morale weakened in all sectors on expectations of sluggish activity in coming three months, survey data from the Economic Research Center of the University of Cyprus revealed Wednesday. The economic sentiment index declined to 104.2 in May from 107.7...

The Japanese government retained its overall economic view on Wednesday, while raising its assessment of private consumption. In the monthly report, the Cabinet Office said private consumption is showing signs of picking up. Last month, it said consumption holds firm as a whole. On the other...

Ireland's residential property price growth eased in April, after accelerating in the previous month, figures from the Central Statistics Office showed Wednesday. The residential property price index climbed 15.8 percent in April, slower than March's 16.8 percent hike. In February, the rate of...

Sweden's merchandise trade balance posted surplus for the fourth consecutive month in April, which was the highest in two years, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Wednesday. The trade surplus climbed notably to SEK 5.7 billion in April from SEK 2.4 billion in the same month of the previous year....

Brazil has taken steps to expand bilateral trade and investments with Mexico over the next ten years, Portal Brazil stated in a release on Tuesday. On an official visit to Mexico, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff met with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, and signed a series of agreements to...

Bulgaria's money supply growth slowed for the second straight month in April, figures from the Bulgarian National Bank showed Wednesday. M3, the broad measure of money supply, rose at a slower pace of 1.1 percent year-over-year in April, following a 1.9 percent climb in the previous month. In February,...

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) increased consumer price inflation outlook for the Philippines for this year and next, citing the risk that an El Nino-related drought could lead to a rapid run-up in food prices. The Washington-based lender raised the consumer price inflation forecast for this...

Sweden's economic sentiment improved in May suggesting stronger economic growth than normal, survey data from the National Institute of Economic Research showed Wednesday. The economic tendency indicator, which reflects how firms and consumers view the economy, rose more-than-expected to 101.4 in...

Lithuania's retail sales growth eased in April, after accelerating in the previous two months, preliminary figures from the Department of Statistics showed Wednesday. Retail sales, excluding VAT, rose 3.7 percent year-over-year in April, much slower than March's 6.6 percent growth. In February, sales...

GermanGFK-052715.jpg Germany's consumer sentiment is poised to improve further to its highest value in more than thirteen years in June as strong domestic demand and low inflation boost growth prospects. The forward-looking consumer sentiment rose unexpectedly to 10.2 in June from 10.1 in May, survey data from market research group GfK showed Wednesday. This was the highest score since October 2001.

Commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union increased for the fourth straight month in April, but at a slower pace than in the previous month, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, or ACEA, said Wednesday. New vehicle sales climbed 12.2 percent year-over-year to 169,746 units...

Finland's consumer confidence improved for the eighth straight month in May to the strongest level in four years, figures from Statistics Finland showed Wednesday. The consumer confidence index rose to 15.5 in May from 11.4 in the previous month. The latest score was the highest since April 2011,...

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