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Belgium's consumer confidence deteriorated in August, extending the weakness witnessed over the past three months, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Tuesday.

Hungary's central bank maintained its benchmark interest rates on Tuesday, in line with economists' expectations.

ukpound-aug21.jpg The UK budget balance posted the biggest surplus for July since 2000, giving room for Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to plan more spending ahead of 'Brexit'. Public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks, was in surplus by GBP 2.0 billion in July, the Office for National Statistics reported Tuesday.

Brazil's industrial confidence weakened in August to the lowest level in nine months, survey data from the think tank FGV showed Tuesday. The industrial confidence index fell to 99.3 in August from 100.1 in July. Moreover, this was the lowest score since November 2017, when it marked 97.5. The...

UK manufacturers registered a slowdown in order growth in August, the latest Industrial Trends Survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Tuesday. The survey showed that 31 percent of manufacturers reported total order books to be above normal, and 23 percent said they were below normal,...

Latvia's producer price inflation increased for a second straight month in July, figures from Central Statistical Bureau showed Monday. The industrial producer price index climbed 4.8 percent year-on-year in July following a 4.3 percent increase in June. In May, the gain was 3.7 percent. Domestic...

Slovenia's output price inflation held steady in July after accelerating in the previous month, figures from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia showed Tuesday. Output prices climbed 2.4 percent year-on-year in July, the same rate of increase as in June. The measure has been rising...

Hong Kong's consumer price inflation was stable in July, after accelerating in the previous two months, data from the Census and Statistics Department showed on Tuesday.

The UK budget balance turned to surplus in July, the Office for National Statistics reported Tuesday. Public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks, was in surplus by GBP 2.0 billion in July, a GBP 1.0 billion greater surplus than in July 2017. This was the largest July surplus for 18...

South Africa's leading index improved in June after remaining stable in the previous month, data from the South African Reserve Bank showed Tuesday. The composite leading index climbed to 107.1 in June from 105.9 in May. Out of the nine components, six contributes positively to the headline index...

Switzerland's money supply grew at a slightly faster pace in July, the Swiss National Bank said Tuesday. The broad monetary aggregate, M3 climbed 2.4 percent year-on-year in July, following June's 2.3 percent increase. Similarly, the narrow measure, M1 growth improved to 5.1 percent from 5 percent a month ago.

Finland's jobless rate decreased further in July to the lowest level in more than six-and-a-half years, figures from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday. The jobless rate dropped to 6.5 percent in July from 6.7 percent in the prior month. In the corresponding month last year, the rate was 7.5 percent. Moreover,...

Japan's supermarket sales increased in July, preliminary data from the Chain Store Association showed Tuesday. Supermarket sales, after store adjustment, increased 1.5 percent on year in July. Before adjustment, sales grew 2.3 percent. On a monthly basis, supermarket sales advanced 7.8 percent in July.

Switzerland's trade surplus remained unchanged in July as both exports and imports declined at similar rates, data from the Federal Customs Administration showed Tuesday. The trade surplus remained at CHF 1.2 billion in July. Exports decreased 1.4 percent month-on-month, following a 0.1 percent...

Estonia's producer price inflation accelerated for the second straight month in July, data from Statistics Estonia showed Tuesday. Producer prices climbed 3.2 percent year-over-year in July, faster than the 2.8 percent rise in June. The price index for the utility sector grew markedly by 34.2 percent...

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