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ChicagoPMI-103114.jpg Business activity in the Chicago area unexpectedly increased at a notably faster rate in the month of October, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Friday. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer jumped to 66.2 in October from 60.5 in September.

Shopping-103114.jpg Consumer sentiment in the U.S. improved by more than previously estimated in the month of October, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan on Friday. The report said the final reading on the consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.9 compared to the mid-month reading of 86.4.

Business activity in the Chicago area unexpectedly increased at a notably faster rate in the month of October, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Friday.

PersonalIncome-103114.jpg Personal spending in the U.S. unexpectedly decreased in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday, with the drop in spending accompanied by weaker than expected personal income growth.

Personal spending in the U.S. unexpectedly decreased in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday, with the drop in spending accompanied by weaker than expected personal income growth.

EurozoneInflation-Jobless-103114.jpg Eurozone inflation rose slightly in October but it remained consistently below 1 percent, signifying the risk of deflation in the currency bloc. At the same time, the unemployment rate held steady at an elevated level in September. Inflation rose marginally to 0.4 percent in October from 0.3 percent in September, flash data from Eurostat showed Friday.

Italy's consumer prices rose unexpectedly in October, preliminary figures from the statistical office ISTAT showed Friday. The consumer price index edged up 0.1 percent annually following 0.2 percent fall in September. Economists had forecast a 0.1 percent drop. The latest increase in prices was the...

RussiaFlag-103114.jpg Russia's central bank lifted its key rate sharply by a bigger-than-expected 150 basis points to counteract the slide in ruble and rising inflation. The Bank of Russia decided on Friday to raise its key rate to 9.50 percent from 8 percent. The bank was expected to hike its rate by 50 basis points. This was the fourth interest rate increase this year.

Hungary's industrial producer prices fell for the seventh consecutive month in September, figures from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed Friday. The producer price index dropped 0.7 percent year-on-year following 0.4 percent fall in August. Prices have been declining since May. Month-on-month,...

The euro area jobless rate remained stable at 11.5 percent in September, Eurostat reported Friday. The rate came in line with expectations. Compared with August, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 19,000 in September. On a yearly basis, unemployment plunged 826,000. The youth unemployment...

Eurozone inflation rose slightly in October as expected by economists, flash data from Eurostat showed Friday. Inflation rose to 0.4 percent in October from 0.3 percent in September. It has been below the 2 percent ceiling since February 2013. Core inflation, which excludes energy, food, alcohol...

The unemployment rate in Italy increased unexpectedly in September, a report from the statistical office Istat showed Friday. The jobless rate rose to 12.6 percent in September from 12.5 percent in August. Economists had expected the unemployment rate to come in at 12.4 percent. The total number...

Turkey's trade deficit decreased more than expected in September, preliminary figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute showed Friday. The foreign trade deficit narrowed to $ 6.93 billion in September from $ 7.56 billion in the same month of the previous year. Economists had expected the deficit...

A measure of the current economic situation in the euro area declined for the fourth consecutive month in October, a survey by the Bank of Italy and the Centre for Economic Policy Research showed Friday. The eurocoin indicator fell to 0.08 in October from 0.13 in the prior month. This was the lowest...

French consumer spending declined more than expected in September on weak clothing sales, data from the statistical office Insee revealed Friday. Household consumption fell 0.8 percent month-on-month in September following a 0.9 percent rise in August. Economists had forecast a slight 0.3 percent...