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Spain's foreign trade deficit decreased in February from a year ago, as exports grew faster than imports, preliminary figures from the Economy Ministry showed Friday. The trade deficit narrowed to EUR 2.2 billion in February from EUR 2.6 billion in the corresponding month last year. Exports climbed...

Hungary's employee wage growth eased at a faster-than-expected pace in February, figures from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed Friday. Gross earnings advanced 11.9 percent year-over-year in February, slower than the 13.8 percent rise in January. Economists had expected the growth to...

Turkey's consumer confidence improved slightly in April after weakening in the previous month, survey data from the Turkish Statistical Institute showed Friday. The consumer confidence index climbed to 71.9 in April from 71.3 in March. The financial situation expectation of household index fell...

Estonia's producer price inflation accelerated in March after easing in the previous month, data from Statistics Estonia showed Friday. Producer prices climbed 2.9 percent year-over-year in March, faster than the 2.6 percent rise in February. The price index for the manufacturing sector grew 1.5...

Germany's producer price inflation accelerated for the first time in six months in March, though marginally, figures from Destatis showed Friday. Producer price inflation rose to 1.9 percent in March from February's 14-month low of 1.8 percent. The rate was forecast to increase to 2.0 percent. Excluding...

Dutch consumer confidence improved marginally in April, while spending growth accelerated, figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Friday. The consumer sentiment came in at 25 in April versus 24 in the preceding month. In April, the opinion about the economic climate was slightly more...

Japan's tertiary industry activity showed no variations in February, in line with expectations, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed Friday. On a monthly basis, the tertiary industry activity index remained flat in February after a 0.4 percent decrease in January. Among...

Proposals included in the Brazilian government's economic agenda, including those related to the privatization of state-owned power company Eletrobras, would unlikely have enough votes to be approved before October's elections, said the deputy speaker of the government in the House of Representatives,...

Dario Echeverry, mayor of the Colombian city of Barrancabermeja, should call a popular consultation on whether or not the population agrees with the exploration of hydrocarbons through fracking. In an interview with Blu Radio, Dar?o Echeverry said that that call should be presented to the City Council....

The "Manos al Agua" project, implemented by the Colombian Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC) as part of a public-private partnership, won the Sustainability Award 2018 offered by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). The SCA award is considered the most important kind of recognition in the world...

Pedro Parente, the current president of the Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras, accepted Ab?lio Diniz's invitation as a potential substitute for the chairmanship of BRF's board of directors. In a statement to the B3 stock exchange, Parente said that if he is elected at the general shareholders...

Overall consumer prices in Japan were up 1.1 percent on year in March, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That was in line with expectations and down from 1.5 percent in February. Core CPI, which excludes volatile food prices, gained an annual 0.9 percent - again...

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry delivered a note of protest to the Colombian business attache in Caracas, German Castajeda, for allowing the holding of a parallel Supreme Court session in exile in its territory. Venezuela protested after the shadow Supreme Court launched an impeachment motion against...

After 17 years, the first shipment of fresh Argentinean lemons to the United States was dispatched yesterday after a ceremony hosted led by President Mauricio Macri in Tucumin. After intense negotiations, the United States Department of Agriculture definitively authorized, at the end of 2017, the...

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