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Sweden's producer prices declined at a faster pace in April, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. Producer prices decreased 4.2 percent on a yearly basis in April, following a 3.7 percent drop in March. Compared to March, producer prices declined 0.9 percent, when it rose 0.8 percent....

Sweden's foreign trade surplus increased in April from a year ago, as imports fell and exports remained flat, preliminary figures from Statistics Sweden showed Wednesday. The trade surplus rose to SEK 4.4 billion in April from SEK 3.5 billion in the corresponding period last year. Economists had...

The Spanish economy expanded as estimated in the first quarter, final data from the statistical office INE showed Thursday. Gross domestic product grew 0.8 percent sequentially in the first three months of 2016, in line with flash estimate. The economy had expanded 0.8 percent each in the previous...

Swedish consumer confidence unexpectedly deteriorated in May as households' view on personal finances and the economy weakened, survey results from the National Institute of Economic Research showed Thursday. The consumer confidence indicator dropped to 96 from a downwardly revised 96.6 in April....

Hungary's unemployment rate decreased more-than-expected in the three months ended April, the Central Statistical Office said Thursday. The jobless rate dropped to 5.6 percent in the February to April period from 6.0 percent in the three-month period to March. The number of unemployed people totaled...

Finland's retail sales increased in April from a year ago, preliminary figures from Statistics Finland showed Thursday. Retail sales rose 1.5 percent year-over-year in April. Similarly, the price-adjusted volume of retail sales grew by 2.4 percent. In daily consumer goods trade, sales decreased...

BillnNZ-052616.jpg The New Zealand government forecast the budget surplus to increase through 2020 as the economy expands at faster pace. "We have solid economic growth and the Government's books are in good shape - giving us options we didn't have eight years ago," Finance Minister Bill English said in his annual budget on Thursday.

EEP12-011515_26May16.jpg Revised quarterly national accounts data from the U.K. is due on Thursday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Singapore's industrial production increased unexpectedly in April, preliminary figures from the Economic Development Board showed Thursday. Industrial production climbed 2.9 percent year-over-year in April, much faster than the 0.1 percent slight rise in March, which was revised from a 0.5 percent...

Private capital expenditure in Australia was down a seasonally adjusted 5.2 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - standing at A$30.613 billion. That missed forecasts for a decline of 3.5 percent following the 0.8 percent increase...

Producer prices in Japan were up 0.2 percent on year in April, the Bank of Japan said on Thursday - in line with expectations and unchanged from the previous month. Among the individual components of the data, prices for communications, real estate and advertising were up. Prices were down for...

Consumer confidence in South Korea slowed slightly in May, the latest survey from the Bank of Korea showed on Thursday with a score of 99.0 - down from 101.0 in April. Consumer sentiment concerning current living standards was unchanged at 91, while that concerning their future outlook was two points...

Japan will on Thursday release April figures for producer prices, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Producer prices are expected to add 0.2 percent on year, unchanged from the previous month. Australia will provide Q1 numbers for private capital expenditure, with forecasts...

Belgium's business confidence deteriorated in May after improving in the previous two months, mainly due to weaker morale among manufacturers, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Wednesday. The business confidence indicator declined to -2.8 from -2.4 in April. The score was in line...

The risks to the euro area remain on the downside and pose significant challenges to policymakers, European Central Bank Governing Council member and Bank of Spain Governor Luis Maria Linde said Wednesday. "Uncertainty and a weak global economy keep the balance of risks to the downside, posing important...

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