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Belgium's economic growth improved in the second quarter after slowing in the first three months of the year, preliminary data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Thursday. Gross domestic producer rose 0.5 percent from the first quarter, when the economy grew 0.2 percent. In the fourth quarter...

JoblessClaims-072816.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by slightly more than expected in the week ended July 23rd, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims climbed to 266,000, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level of 252,000.

Ger-UnEmp-072816.jpg Germany's unemployment declined more-than-expected in July and the jobless rate held steady at the lowest level since reunification, despite heightened uncertainty from "Brexit". Separate official data showed that consumer prices increased for a third straight month in July and at the fastest pace in six months. Both headline inflation and the EU measure rose to 0.4 percent.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by slightly more than expected in the week ended July 23rd, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

German consumer prices increased for a third straight month in July and at a fastest pace in six months, preliminary data from Destatis showed Thursday. The flash consumer price index rose 0.4 percent year-on-year following 0.3 percent increase in June. Economists had expected the inflation rate...

EurozoneEconomicConfidence-072816.jpg Eurozone economic confidence strengthened unexpectedly in July indicating that the single-currency region shrugged off the negative impact from the "Brexit" vote, while the weakness was evident in the European Union and the U.K.

South Africa's unemployment rate decreased in the three months ended June, though marginally, figures from Statistics South Africa showed Thursday. The unemployment rate fell to 26.6 percent in the second quarter from 26.7 percent in the previous quarter. In the corresponding period last year, the...

Belgium's consumer price inflation accelerated in July to its highest level in nearly four years, figures from Statistics Belgium showed Thursday. The consumer price index rose 2.28 percent year-on-year following 2.16 percent in June. The latest inflation rate was the strongest since October 2012,...

Ireland's retail sales decreased in June after rising in the previous two months, preliminary figures from the Central Statistics Office showed Thursday. Retail sales volume fell a seasonally adjusted 5.8 percent month-over-month in June, reversing a 0.3 percent increase in May. On an annual basis,...

Sweden's unemployment rate in June remained unchanged from the previous month, defying expectations for an increase, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. The jobless rate was 7.6 percent, same as in May. Economists had forecast a higher figure of 8 percent. In April, the rate was 7.3 percent. The...

Portugal's consumer confidence decreased for the second straight month in July, while economic sentiment improved, figures from Statistics Portugal showed Thursday. The consumer confidence index fell to -13.0 in July from -12.6 in the previous month. In May, the score was -11.9. Households' judgment...

South Africa's producer price inflation accelerated in June after slowing in the previous three months, figures from Statistics South Africa showed Thursday. The producer price index rose 6.8 percent year-on-year after climbing 6.5 percent in May. Economists had forecast a score of 6.7 percent. The...

Sweden's retail sales growth eased at a faster-than-expected pace in June, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. Retail sales rose 3.2 percent year-over-year in June, slower than May's 6-month high of 5.0 percent gain. Economists had expected a 4.1 percent increase for the month. Sales...

Eurozone economic confidence strengthened unexpectedly in July after the "Brexit" vote, survey results from the European Commission showed Thursday. The economic sentiment index rose to 104.6 in July from 104.4 in June. It was forecast to fall to 103.5. The industrial confidence indicator improved...

Austria's manufacturing sector growth eased in July, as output and new orders grew at slower rates, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Thursday. The seasonally adjusted Bank Austria Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 53.4 in July from 54.5 in the previous month. However, a reading...

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