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Finland's unemployment rate increased at the start of the year to the highest level in seven months, figures from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday. The jobless rate rose to 9.2 percent in January from 7.9 percent in December. In the corresponding month last year, the rate was 9.3 percent. Moreover,...

EEP13-011515_21Feb17.jpg Flash Purchasing managers' survey from euro area and public sector finance data from the U.K. are due on Tuesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Australia's resource exports are expected to make a significant contribution to output growth, offsetting the drag on growth from the falling mining investment, policymakers of the Reserve Bank of Australia said at the board meeting held on February 7. Higher terms of trade represented a boost to...

Japan's all industry activity declined at a faster-than-expected pace in December, after rising in the previous month, figures from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed Tuesday. The all industry activity index fell a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent month-over-month in December, slightly...

Japan's manufacturing activity expanded at the quickest pace in nearly three years in February, preliminary data from IHS Markit showed Tuesday. The Nikkei Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 53.5 in February from 52.7 in January. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion...

Economic growth in the developed economies showed in the fourth quarter, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday. Real GDP growth in the OECD area decelerated to 0.4 percent from 0.5 percent in the third quarter, provisional estimates showed. Among major seven economies,...

Brazil's business confidence weakened in February after improving in the previous month, preliminary figures from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, or FGV showed Monday. The index measuring confidence in the industrial sector dropped to 87.2 in February from 89.0 in January. In December, the reading...

Total orders for UK-manufactured goods reached a two-year high in three months to February, the Industrial Trends Survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Monday. The order book balance rose to 8 percent in three months to February, the highest since February 2015. However, the export...

Spain's foreign trade gap widened in December from a year ago, as imports grew faster than exports, figures from the Economy Ministry showed Monday. The trade deficit rose to EUR 2.45 billion in December from EUR 1.6 billion in the corresponding month last year. Merchandise exports climbed 2.9...

SG-Budget2017-022017.jpg Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced a smaller budget surplus for the financial year ending March 31, 2018 in the annual budget on Monday. The budget position is prudent as expenditure is forecast to continue rising in the long term, he told lawmakers. A budget surplus of S$1.9 billion, or 0.4 percent of GDP, is expected in the fiscal 2017.

Slovenia's consumer confidence worsened in February, after improving in the previous three months, figures from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia showed Monday. The seasonally adjusted consumer confidence index fell to -9.0 in February from -3.0 in January. The measure of consumers'...

Hong Kong's unemployment rate remained unchanged for a second time in the three months to January, figures from the Census and Statistics Department showed Monday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, unchanged from the December quarter. In the three months to November, the...

Denmark's consumer confidence strengthened for a second straight month in February as households' expectations regarding the national as well as personal economic situation improved further, survey data from Statistics Denmark showed Monday. The consumer confidence index rose to 4.8 from 4.5 in January....

Thai-GDP-022017.jpg Thailand's economic growth eased to a one-year low, as expected, in the fourth quarter of 2016, reflecting weak private consumption, figures from the National Economic and Social Development Board revealed Monday. Gross domestic product climbed 3 percent year-on-year, slower than the 3.2 percent expansion seen in the third quarter. This was the slowest growth since the fourth quarter of 2015, wh

Turkey's consumer confidence weakened in February, after improving in the previous month, figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute showed Monday. The consumer confidence index dropped to 65.7 in February from 66.9 in January. In December, the reading was 63.4. Households' financial situation...

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