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Slideshow-Yelen-Trump-121016.jpg Everyone knows that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next Wednesday at the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting. After all, Fed speakers have been jawboning a rate hike over the past few weeks. With the markets reacting with eerie calm to Donald Trump's win, policy makers have no...

WholesaleInvetories-120916.jpg While the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing a drop in U.S. wholesale inventories in the month of October, the report also showed a sharp increase in wholesale sales during the month. The Commerce Department said wholesale inventories fell by 0.4 percent in October after inching up by 0.1 percent in September.

CONSUMER-RETAIL_09Dec16.jpg Consumer sentiment in the U.S. has improved by much more than anticipated in the month of December, according to a report released by the University of Michigan on Friday. The University of Michigan said the preliminary reading on its consumer sentiment index for December came in at 98.0 compared to the final November reading of 93.8.

Brazil's annual inflation slowed more-than-expected in November, data from the statistical office IBGE showed Friday. The consumer price index climbed 6.99 percent year-on-year following 7.87 percent in October. Economists had forecast a figure of 7.10 percent. Compared to the previous month,...

germanexports-120916.jpg German exports recovered in October but the pace of growth was weaker-than-expected, resulting in a fall in trade surplus. Exports grew 0.5 percent in October from September, when shipments slid 1 percent, figures from Destatis revealed Friday. Nonetheless, the pace of growth was weaker than the expected 0.9 percent. Likewise, imports advanced 1.3 percent.

Greece's industrial production increased at the fastest pace in four months in October, figures from the Hellenic Statistical Office showed Friday. Industrial production advanced a working-day-adjusted 6.8 percent year-over-year in October, much faster than the 0.1 percent slight rise in September. The...

Ireland's economy expanded for the second straight quarter in the three months ended September, and at an accelerated pace, preliminary figures from the Central Statistics Office showed Friday. Gross domestic product grew a seasonally adjusted 4.0 percent sequentially in the third quarter, much faster...

Greece's EU measure of inflation decreased in November after rising in the previous month, figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority showed Friday. The harmonized index of consumer prices, or HICP, edged down 0.2 percent year-over-year in November, reversing a 0.6 percent rise in October. Prices...

Germany's economy is continuing its solid upturn, underpinned by buoyant domestic demand that is boosted by a strong labor market situation and rising household incomes, the Bundesbank said, raising the growth forecasts for this year and next. Gross domestic product is set to grow 1.8 percent this...

Britons' inflation expectations increased in November and more expect interest rate to rise over the year head, Bank of England/TNS Inflation Attitudes Survey showed Friday. Inflation over the coming year is expected to be 2.8 percent instead of 2.2 percent estimated in August. Respondents said the...

Austria's foreign trade deficit decreased in September from a year ago, as imports fell faster than exports, preliminary figures from Statistics Austria showed Friday. The trade deficit dropped to EUR 0.11 billion in September from EUR 0.38 billion in the corresponding month last year. Exports...

U.K. construction output declined unexpectedly in October, the Office for National Statistics revealed Friday. Construction output dropped 0.6 percent in October from September, when it climbed by revised 0.9 percent. Output was forecast to grow 0.2 percent. All new work decreased 0.9 percent,...

Germany's labor costs growth quickened in the three months ended September, after easing in the previous two quarters, figures from Destatis showed Friday. Labor costs per hour worked consisting of gross earnings and non-wage costs rose 2.5 percent year-over-year in the third quarter, faster than...

The U.K. visible trade deficit narrowed considerably to a 5-month low in October, the Office for National Statistics showed Friday. The deficit on trade in goods fell to GBP 9.7 billion from GBP 13.8 billion in September. This was the lowest since May, when the deficit was GBP 8.5 billion. Economists...

Switzerland's unemployment rate remained unchanged in November, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs reported Friday. The jobless rate held steady at seasonally adjusted 3.3 percent in November. On an unadjusted basis, the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.3 percent from 3.2 percent a...

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