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Chicago-downtown-112614.jpg Chicago-area business activity grew at a notably slower rate in the month of November, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Wednesday. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer fell to 60.8 in November from a one-year high of 66.2 in October.

NewHomeSales-112614.jpg New home sales in the U.S. saw a modest increase in the month of October, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday. The report said new home sales rose by 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000 in October from the revised September rate of 455,000.

CONSUMER-RETAIL_26Nov14.jpg Consumer sentiment in the U.S. improved by less than previously estimated in the month of November, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan on Wednesday.

PendingHomeSales-112614.jpg Pending home sales in the U.S. unexpectedly decreased in the month of October but remained at a healthy level, the National Association of Realtors said in a report released on Wednesday.

New home sales in the U.S. saw a modest increase in the month of October, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday.

PersonalIncome-112614.jpg Personal income in the U.S. rose by less than expected in the month of October, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday. The increase in personal spending also fell short of economist estimates.

DurableGoodsOrders-112614.jpg After reporting an unexpected drop in new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Wednesday showing that durable goods orders unexpectedly rebounded in the month of October.

JoblessClaims-112614.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased in the week ended November 22nd, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday. The report said initial jobless claims rose to 313,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's revised level of 292,000.

Personal income in the U.S. rose by less than expected in the month of October, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday. The increase in personal spending also fell short of economist estimates.

After reporting an unexpected drop in new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Wednesday showing that durable goods orders unexpectedly rebounded in the month of October.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased in the week ended November 22nd, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday.

UK-GDP-112614.jpg The U.K. economy registered robust growth as estimated in the third quarter as strength in consumer spending offset the weakness in exports and business investment. Gross domestic product grew 0.7 percent sequentially in the third quarter, unrevised from the previous estimate published on October 24, second estimates from the Office for National Statistics showed Wednesday.

European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio said the bank will assess next quarter whether to start buying sovereign bonds. "During the first quarter of next year, we will be able to gauge better" whether the current measures will be sufficient to raise the balance sheet to its early 2012...

British retail sales growth is expected to accelerate once gain in the crucial Christmas run up, the latest Distributive Trades survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Wednesday. About 44 percent of respondents reported that sales volumes were up on a year ago, while 17 percent said...

Italian consumer confidence weakened to a 9-month low in November, survey data from the statistical office Istat showed Wednesday. The consumer confidence index fell unexpectedly to 100.2 in November from a revised score of 101.3 in October. This was the lowest score since last February. Economists...