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Australia will on Thursday release February trade data, setting the pace for a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. The trade balance is expected to show a deficit of A$1.30 billion following the A$980 million shortfall in January. Australia also will see February figures for job vacancies,...

ConstructionSpending-040115.jpg After reporting a steep drop in U.S. construction spending in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Wednesday showing that spending saw some further downside in the month of February.

ISM-pmi-040115.jpg Manufacturing activity in the U.S. saw continued growth in the month of March, according to a report released by the Institute for Supply Management on Wednesday, although the pace of growth slowed by more than anticipated.

After reporting a steep drop in U.S. construction spending in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Wednesday showing that spending saw some further downside in the month of February

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. saw continued growth in the month of March, according to a report released by the Institute for Supply Management on Wednesday, although the pace of growth slowed by more than anticipated.

Brazil manufacturing activity continued to fall in March to its lowest level in three-and-a-half years, as new business and production declined sharply, leading to further reduction in employment, survey figures from Markit Economics revealed Wednesday. The HSBC Brazil Purchasing Managers' Index...

ADPdata-040115.jpg Private sector job growth in the U.S. continued to slow in the month of March, according to a report released by payroll processor ADP on Wednesday. ADP said private sector employment climbed by 189,000 jobs in March following a slightly upwardly revised increase of 214,000 jobs in February.

Private sector job growth in the U.S. continued to slow in the month of March, according to a report released by payroll processor ADP on Wednesday, with the increase in employment coming in below 200,000 for the first time since January of last year.

Russia's economy is likely to contract more than the prior estimate this year, the World Bank said in a report released Wednesday. The economy is set to shrink 3.8 percent in 2015 and another 0.3 percent in 2016. In December, the lender projected a contraction of 0.7 percent for this year. The...

Ireland's central bank on Wednesday raised the growth forecast for this year as it expects domestic demand to make a stronger contribution than previously envisaged. In the latest quarterly bulletin, the Central Bank of Ireland raised the growth forecast for this year to 3.8 percent from 3.7 percent...

Hungary's foreign trade surplus increased more than initially estimated in January, final figures from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed Wednesday. The trade surplus for the month was revised up to EUR 709 million from EUR 691 million initially estimated. In the corresponding month of...

Dutch manufacturing growth improved marginally in March, due to slower rises in production and new orders, survey data from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The headline NEVI Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose slightly to 52.5 in March from 52.2 in the previous month. A reading above 50 indicates...

UKmanufacturing-040115.jpg British manufacturing sector expanded at the fastest pace in eight months during March as orders and production growth gathered momentum. The Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 54.4 from 54 in February, which was revised down from 54.1, survey results from Markit Economics and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply showed Wednesday.

Sweden's manufacturing sector growth accelerated at a slightly slower-than-expected pace in March, figures from the Swedbank and the Swedish National Association of Purchasing & Logistics revealed Wednesday. The Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, climbed to 54.1 in March from 53.3 in the previous...

U.K. labor productivity declined in the fourth quarter, while labor costs rose moderately, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Wednesday. Labor productivity as measured by output per hour dropped 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter from prior three months, when it grew 0.5 percent....

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