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GDPChart-103014.jpg U.S. economic activity increased by more than expected in the third quarter of 2014, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday. The Commerce Department said GDP increased by 3.5 percent in the third quarter compared to 3.0 percent growth expected by economists.

Germany's EU measure of inflation unexpectedly slowed in October after holding steady in the previous two months, preliminary estimates from Destatis showed Thursday. The harmonized index of consumer prices rose 0.7 percent annually following 0.8 percent increase in each of the previous three months....

JoblessClaims-103014.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits saw a modest increase in the week ended October 25th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims edged up to 287,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level of 284,000.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits saw a modest increase in the week ended October 25th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

GermanUnemployment-103014.jpg Germany's unemployment declined unexpectedly in October, suggesting an improvement in the labor market conditions despite weak economic developments. The number of people out of work decreased by 22,000 to 2.887 million in October, data from the Federal Labor Agency revealed Thursday. Economists had forecast an increase of 4,000.

U.S. economic activity increased by more than expected in the third quarter of 2014, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday.

Latvia's economic growth slowed for a fourth straight quarter in the three months to September, preliminary estimates from the Central Statistical Bureau revealed Thursday. Gross domestic product rose a seasonally non-adjusted 2.1 percent year-on-year following a revised 2.3 percent growth in the...

EurozoneEconomicConfidence-103014.jpg Economic confidence in the eurozone picked up in October from a 10-month low, with broad based improvement across sectors, the results of a survey by the European Commission showed Thursday. The economic confidence index rose unexpectedly to 100.7 in October from 99.9 in the prior month. The score was expected to fall to 99.7.

Greece's producer prices decreased annually for a third straight month in September, figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority showed Thursday. The producer price index in industry dropped 0.3 percent annually following 0.6 percent decline in August. Month-on-month, producer prices remained...

Portugal's consumer confidence rose for a second straight month to reach its highest level in more than 12 years in October as retail sales growth strengthened, figures from Statistics Portugal showed Thursday. The consumer confidence index climbed to -24 from -24.6 in September. It was the highest...

South Africa's producer price inflation slowed for the fifth month in a row in September to its lowest in nine months, figures from Statistics South Africa showed Thursday. The producer price index for manufactured goods rose 6.9 percent annually after a 7.2 percent rise in August. It was in line...

South Africa's jobless rate slid slightly in the third quarter from a three-year high, Statistics South Africa said Thursday. The unemployment rate fell marginally to 25.4 in the September quarter from 25.5 percent in the second quarter. The 25.5 percent was the highest since the second quarter of...

Eurozone economic confidence picked up in October from a 10-month low, survey results from European Commission showed Thursday. The economic confidence index rose unexpectedly to 100.7 in October from 99.9 in the prior month. The score was expected to fall to 99.7. The industrial confidence index...

China's current account surplus grew in the third quarter from the previous three months, figures from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) showed Thursday. The current account surplus rose to $81.5 billion from $73.4 billion in the second quarter. The capital and financial account...

Iceland's producer price increased at a slower rate in September, data released by Statistics Iceland showed on Thursday. Producer prices rose 4.4 percent year-on-year in September following the 5.6 percent growth in August. This marked the second consecutive month of increase. Domestic market...