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Consumer-Shopping-093016.jpg After initially reporting no change in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of September, the University of Michigan released revised data on Friday showing a bigger than expected improvement in consumer sentiment during the month.

ChicagoPMI-093016.jpg Reflecting a notable acceleration in the pace of production growth, MNI Indicators released a report on Friday showing Chicago-area business activity grew at a much faster than expected rate in the month of September. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer jumped to 54.2 in September from 51.5 in August.

personlaincome-093016.jpg While the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing an uptick in U.S. personal income in the month of August, the report said personal spending was little changed during the month. The report said personal income edged up by 0.2 percent in August after climbing by 0.4 percent in July.

While the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing an uptick in U.S. personal income in the month of August, the report said personal spending was little changed during the month.

Brazil's unemployment rate rose for a third straight month in August to its highest level in more than five years, preliminary data from the statistical office IBGE showed Friday. The jobless rate climbed to 11.8 percent from 11.6 percent in July. Economists had forecast a figure of 11.7 percent. The...

South Africa's trade balance showed an unexpected shortfall in August, trade statistics from the South African Revenue Service showed Friday The trade balance posted a deficit of ZAR 8.56 billion in August, while economists expected the surplus to narrow to ZAR 1.6 billion from revised ZAR 5.04 billion...

Greece's retail sales increased for the first time in fourteen months in July, figures from the Hellenic Statistical Authority showed Friday. Retail sales grew 7.1 percent year-over-year in July, reversing a 5.2 percent decline in the previous month. Except automotive fuel, retail sales expanded...

Hungary's producer prices continued to decline in August, figures from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed Friday. The total producer price index fell at a faster pace of 2.8 percent year-over-year in August, following a 2.3 percent decrease in July. The measure has been falling since...

Latvia's retail sales growth eased in August after accelerating in the previous month, figures from the Central Statistical Bureau showed Friday. Retail sales rose a calendar-adjusted 1.1 percent year-over-year in August, slower than July's 1.6 percent increase. Sales of non-food products advanced...

Denmark's economy expanded at a slower pace than estimated earlier, latest figures from Statistics Denmark showed Friday. Gross domestic product rise 0.4 percent from the previous quarter, revised down from 0.5 percent. The economy expanded 0.7 percent in the first quarter. The annual growth was...

eurozoneinflationjobless-093016.jpg Eurozone inflation doubled in September to the highest level since late 2014, but remained well below the European Central Bank's target, the flash estimate from Eurostat showed Friday. Meanwhile, Eurozone's jobless rate held steady at a five-year low for a fourth straight month in August. Inflation rose to 0.4 percent from 0.2 percent in August. A similar high rate was last seen October 2014.

Italy's producer prices continued to decline in August, though at a slower pace than in the previous month, data from the statistical office Istat showed Friday. Producer prices fell 1.1 percent year-over-year in August, following a 1.5 percent drop in the preceding month. Domestic market prices...

Hong Kong's retail sales declined at a faster-than-expected pace in August, preliminary figures from the Census and Statistics Department showed Friday. The value of retail sales plunged 10.5 percent year-over-year in August, exceeding economists' expectations for a 6.9 percent decrease. It was...

France's general government debt increased in the second quarter, remaining well above the 60 percent threshold set in the Maastricht treaty, data from the statistical office INSEE showed Friday. The general government Maastricht debt was 98.4 percent of the gross domestic product in the second quarter...

Italy's unemployment rate held steady in August, in line with expectations, preliminary figures from the statistical office Istat showed Friday. The jobless rate came in at 11.4 percent in August, the same rate as in the previous month. The figure also matched consensus estimate. In the corresponding...

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