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France's private sector expanded at the quickest pace in over five-and-a-half years in January, driven by robust growth in services activity, flash data from IHS Markit showed Tuesday. The composite output index climbed to a 67-month high of 53.8 in January from 53.1 in December. A reading above 50...

South Africa's leading indicator rose for a fourth straight month in November at a faster pace, data from the South African Reserve Bank showed Tuesday. The composite leading indicator climbed to 95.6 from a revised 94.6 in October. Seven of the ten components increased, while three decreased. The...

Finland's producer prices rose for a second straight month in December and the pace of increase quadrupled, mainly due to higher oil prices and increased cost of metal manufacturing, preliminary figures from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday. The producer price index for manufactured products rose...

Finland's unemployment rate dropped sharply in 2016, after three consecutive years of strong increases, preliminary data from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday. The jobless rate for the 15-74 age group fell to 8.8 percent from 9.4 percent in 2015. In 2014, the figure was 8.7 percent. The youth...

Thailand's exports grew for the second straight month in December, figures from the commerce ministry showed Tuesday. Exports climbed 6.2 percent year-over-year in December, slower than the 10.2 percent surge in November. Imports rose at a faster rate of 10.3 percent annually in December, following...

Australia's consumer sentiment weakened during the week ended January 22, impacted by the end of the traditional holiday season and recent headlines about Brexit and Trump Presidency, a weekly survey compiled by the ANZ bank and Roy Morgan Research showed Tuesday. The consumer confidence index fell...

South Korea's consumer confidence weakened for the third consecutive month in January, figures from Bank of Korea showed Tuesday. The composite consumer sentiment index fell to 93.3 in January from 94.1 in December. Consumer sentiment on current living standards decreased to 87 in January from...

New Zealand's service sector activity expanded at the fastest pace in more than a year in December, survey figures from Business NZ showed Tuesday. The performance of services index, or PSI, climbed to 58.4 in December from 58.1 in November. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector. Moreover,...

The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand in January, and at a faster pace, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Tuesday with a PMI score of 52.8. Now at a 34-month high, the January reading is up from 52.4 in December. It also moves further above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that...

Japan will on Monday see preliminary January numbers for the manufacturing PMI from Nikkei, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The manufacturing PMI in December came in at 52.4, above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.

Bond purchases by the European Central Bank caused a 6.5 percent devaluation in the euro against the US dollar since 2014 till the end of last year, reports said Monday, citing a Bundesbank study. However, the impact of asset purchases was small, the study added. ECB President Mario Draghi has...

Japan's government retained its economic assessment on Monday, saying the economy is on a moderate recovery. The Cabinet Office reiterated that private consumption showed movements of picking up, while business investment improvement appeared to be pausing. On the foreign demand, the government...

The euro area government debt declined in the third quarter, the European Central Bank said Monday. The government debt to GDP came in at 90.1 percent in the third quarter compared to 91.2 percent in the second quarter. In the same period last year, the government debt was 91.5 percent. At the...

Lithuania's industrial production increased notably in December from a year ago, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Monday. Industrial production advanced a working-day-adjusted 5.2 percent year-over-year in December. On an unadjusted basis, production climbed 6.3 percent. Manufacturing...

Denmark's consumer confidence improved at the start of the year to its highest level in five months, figures from Statistics Denmark showed Monday. The consumer confidence index rose to 4.5 in January from -0.3 in December. This was the highest reading since August 2015, when it marked 4.8. Households'...

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