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Mexico's retail sales increased for a third straight month in July, but at a slower pace, figures from the statistical office INEGI showed Friday. Retail sales grew 0.4 percent from June, when they rose 1 percent. The latest increase was the smallest since October last year, when sales edged up 0.2...

Belgium's business confidence improved in September, recovering from a plunge in the previous month, as morale strengthened in manufacturing and trade, survey figures from the National Bank of Belgium showed Friday. The business confidence rose to -2.2 from -3.1 in August. Economists had forecast...

EurozonePMI-092316.jpg Eurozone private sector grew at the slowest pace in 20 months in September as services activity expanded the least since the end of 2014, while manufacturing gained strength. The flash composite output index slid to 52.6 in September from 52.9 in August, data from Markit showed Friday.

Croatia's unemployment rate decreased for the seventh consecutive month in August, figures from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics showed Friday. The registered unemployment rate dropped to 13.1 percent in August from 13.3 percent in July. In the corresponding period of the preceding year, the...

Eurozone private sector grew at the slowest pace in 20 months in September, flash data from Markit showed Friday. The flash composite output index slid to 52.6 in September from 52.9 in August. A score above 50 indicates expansion. Economists had expected the reading to fall marginally to 52.8. The...

Germany's private sector logged the weakest expansion in activity in almost one-and-a-half years, flash survey data from Markit showed Friday. The composite output index fell to a 16-month low of 52.7 in September from 53.3 in August. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. While service providers...

Austria's production index that combines output of both industry and construction dropped in July, figures from the Statistics Austria showed Friday. The production index decreased 0.3 percent year-on-year, led by a 0.4 percent slump in industry. Construction output edged up 0.1 percent. On a...

The French private sector expanded at the fastest pace in 15 months in September, flash survey data from Markit showed Friday. The composite output index rose to 53.3 in September from 51.9 in August. The latest reading was the joint highest since August 2011. Driving the pick-up in growth was...

Spain's producer prices decreased at a slower pace in August than in the previous month, preliminary data from the statistical office INE showed Friday. The industrial producer price index dropped 3.1 percent year-on-year following a 4.6 percent fall in July. The pace of decline was the slowest since...

The French economy contracted in the second quarter on weak household spending and investment, according to the detailed report published by the statistical office Insee. Gross domestic product declined 0.1 percent from the first quarter, when it advanced 0.7 percent, Insee reported Friday. The preliminary...

Finland's general government surplus decreased in the three months ended June, figures from Statistics Finland showed Friday. The general government surplus, the difference between revenue and expenditure, dropped by EUR 0.1 billion in the second quarter as compared to same period last year. Total...

Germany's new orders in the main construction industry declined in July, Destatis reported Friday. Construction orders dropped 4.6 percent from June. At the same time, orders advanced 14.1 percent on a yearly basis. During January to July, construction orders logged 15.7 percent annual increase.

Singapore's consumer prices decreased at a slower-than-expected pace in August, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. The consumer price index fell 0.3 percent year-over-year in August, following a 0.7 percent drop in July. Economists had expected a 0.4 percent decline for the month. Housing...

EEP2-091614_23Sep16.jpg Flash Purchasing managers' survey from euro area is due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Japan's all industry activity grew at a slower pace in July, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday. The all industry activity index rose 0.3 percent month-on-month in July, following June's 1 percent increase. Nonetheless, this was the second consecutive rise in activity and better...

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