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Brazil's private sector activity fell at the fastest pace in more than six years during April, with weaker performance in both manufacturing and services sectors, survey results from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The headline seasonally adjusted HSBC Brazil Composite Output Index tumbled to 44.2...

Non-Farm-Productivity-050615.jpg Labor productivity in the U.S. showed another notable decrease in the first quarter of 2015, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday. The report said labor productivity fell by 1.9 percent in the first quarter following a 2.1 percent decrease in the fourth quarter.

ADP-Employment-050615.jpg In another sign of sluggishness in the U.S. labor market, payroll processor ADP released a report Wednesday morning showing that private sector employment increased by much less than expected in the month of April.

Labor productivity in the U.S. showed another notable decrease in the first quarter of 2015, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Wednesday.

Romania's central bank on Wednesday cut its key interest rate unexpectedly for the seventh consecutive session to a new low. The Board of the National Bank of Romania reduced the monetary policy rate to 1.75 percent from 2 percent. Economists had expected the bank to leave rates unchanged following...

Greece's unemployment rate fell to the lowest level since July 2012, figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority showed Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 25.4 percent in February from 25.6 in January. In February 2014, the rate stood at 27.2 percent. The latest rate was...

In another sign of sluggishness in the U.S. labor market, payroll processor ADP released a report Wednesday morning showing that private sector employment increased by much less than expected in the month of April.

South Africa's private sector expanded for the second straight month in April, but at a slower pace, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The HSBC South Africa Purchasing Managers' Index fell slightly to 51.5 in April from 51.6 in the previous month. However, any reading above 50...

EurozoneRetailSales-050615.jpg Eurozone retail sales declined in March for the first time in six months as both food and non-food product turnover decreased from February. Retail sales volume dropped 0.8 percent month-on-month in March, reversing a 0.1 percent rise in February, Eurostat reported Wednesday. This was the first decline since September and was larger than an expected drop of 0.7 percent.

Poland's central bank kept its interest rates steady at a record low on Wednesday as widely expected by economists. The Monetary Policy Council of the National Bank of Poland, led by Governor Marek Belka, maintained the key reference rate at 1.50 percent. The bank last reduced the rate by 50...

Kenya's private sector activity expanded at the fastest pace in four months in April, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted Cfc Stanbic Kenya PMI rose to 56.2 in April from 53.8 in the previous month. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector. The...

Portugal's unemployment rate rose for a second successive quarter during the first three months of the year, data from Statistics Portugal showed Wednesday. The jobless rate climbed to 13.7 percent in the first quarter from 13.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. It was the highest rate since...

Ireland's industrial production growth quickened for the third straight month in March, preliminary figures from the Central Statistical Office showed Wednesday. Industrial production jumped a seasonally adjusted 45.5 percent year-over-year in March, faster than previous month's 44.3 percent hike....

The French private sector growth eased further in April but it slowed less than previously estimated, final data from Markit showed Wednesday. The composite output index fell to 50.6 in April from 51.5 in March. The reading signals a marginal growth rate. The flash score was 50.2. The overall output...

Lebanese private sector contraction eased in April on slower declines in output and new orders, survey figures from Markit Economics and Blominvest Bank showed Wednesday. The BLOM Purchasing Managers' index, or PMI, rose slightly to 49.0 in April from 48.9 in the previous month. But, any reading below...

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