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Consumer prices in Japan were up 1.2 percent on year in September, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication said on Friday. That was shy of expectations for an increase of 1.3 percent, which would have been unchanged from the August reading. Core CPI, which excludes volatile food prices,...

China is scheduled to release a batch of data on Friday, setting the pace for a modest day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. On tap are Q3 numbers for gross domestic product, plus September figures for industrial production, retail sales and fixed asset investment. GDP is expected to gain 1.6 percent...

leading-index-101818.jpg A report released by the Conference Board on Thursday showed a continued increase by its index of leading economic indicators in the month of September The Conference Board said its leading economic index climbed by 0.5 percent in September.

phillyfed-101818.jpg A report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday showed manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia area grew at a slightly slower rate in the month of October.

joblesclaims-101818.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits showed a modest decrease in the week ended October 13th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims slipped to 210,000.

A report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday showed manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia area grew at a slightly slower rate in the month of October.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits showed a modest decrease in the week ended October 13th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

ukretail-sep19_18oct18.jpg UK retail sales dropped more-than-expected in September reflecting the biggest decline in food store sales in almost two years, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed Thursday. Retail sales including auto fuel fell 0.8 percent month-on-month in September, due mainly to a large decline of 1.5 percent in food stores, which was the largest food store sales fall since October 2015.

Portugal's producer prices increased at a steady pace in September, figures from Statistics Portugal showed Thursday. Producer prices advanced 4.7 percent year-on-year in September, the same rate as seen in August. Excluding volatile energy prices, producer prices gained 1.9 percent. Energy prices...

UK retail sales dropped more-than-expected on food store sales in September, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed Thursday. Retail sales including auto fuel fell 0.8 percent month-on-month in September, due mainly to a large fall of 1.5 percent in food stores. Economists had forecast...

South Africa's wholesale sales expanded for the second straight month in August and at the fastest pace in two years, Statistics South Africa reported Thursday. Wholesale trade sales increased 4 percent annually, faster than the 1.2 percent rise posted in July and the second consecutive rise. This...

Switzerland's trade surplus declined in the third quarter, figures published by the Federal Customs Administration showed Thursday. In the third quarter, exports dropped 2.9 percent after six quarters of positive growth and imports contracted 1.5 percent, taking the trade surplus to CHF 3.5 billion...

Germany's wholesale prices rose at a slower pace in September, data from Destatis revealed Thursday. Wholesale price inflation slowed to 3.5 percent from 3.8 percent in August. The wholesale price growth in September was largely influenced by a 19.4 percent surge in solid fuels and petroleum...

preview-oct01_18oct18.jpg Retail sales from the UK are due on Thursday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 2.00 am ET, Destatis releases Germany's wholesale prices for September. Prices had increased 0.3 percent on month in August.

South Korea's central bank decided to maintain its interest rate citing worsening outlook for the economy. The Monetary Policy Board of the Bank of Korea, on Thursday, decided to leave the Base Rate unchanged at 1.50 percent. The bank noted that although the domestic economy sustained a rate...

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