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ExistingHomeSales-122214.jpg After reporting U.S. existing home sales at their highest level in a year in the previous month, the National Association of Realtors released a report on Monday showing that existing home sales pulled back by much more than expected in the month of November.

After reporting existing home sales at their highest level in a year in the previous month, the National Association of Realtors released a report on Monday showing that existing home sales pulled back by much more than expected in the month of November.

Italy's foreign trade surplus with Non-Eu countries in November increased from a year ago, as exports grew faster than imports, preliminary figures from the statistical office Istat showed Monday. The trade surplus rose to EUR 2.7 billion in November from EUR 2.3 billion in the same month last year...

Iceland's producer price inflation slowed in November, after accelerating in the previous month, figures from Statistics Iceland showed Monday. The producer price index climbed 6.1 percent year-on-year in November, slower than 6.5 percent rise in October. It was the fourth consecutive month of increase. Producer...

Denmark's consumer confidence weakened for the second straight month in December, figures from Statistics Denmark showed Monday. The consumer confidence index fell slightly to 6.0 in December from 6.3 in the previous month. Expectations regarding family's financial situation for the next 12 months...

The Greek current account deficit narrowed in October from last year largely due to a rise in receipts in the services account, the Bank of Greece said Monday. The current account deficit decreased notably by EUR 118 million annually to EUR 199 million in October. The trade deficit increased...

Iceland's unemployment rate declined in November, data from Statistics Iceland revealed Monday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped to 3.4 percent in November from 5.4 percent in October. The number of unemployed people fell to 6,300 in November from 10,400 in October. On an unadjusted...

Lithuania's industrial production increased from a year ago in November, figures from Statistics Lithuania showed Monday. The industrial production index advanced a working-day adjusted 4.3 percent year-on-year in November. Production in the manufacturing sector grew by 3.1 percent in November. On...

Sweden's retail sales growth slowed more than expected in November, data from Statistics Sweden revealed Monday. Retail sales grew at a pace of 0.5 percent on a monthly basis, slower than the revised 1.1 percent increase seen in October. Economists had forecast a 0.7 percent rise for November. The...

Denmark's retail sales rose for the second straight month in November, preliminary figures from Statistics Denmark showed Monday. Retail sales rose 0.8 percent month-on-month in November, same as in the previous month. In September, sales dropped 0.5 percent, which was the first fall in three months. Sales...

Switzerland's current account surplus declined in the third quarter from last year, the Swiss National Bank said Monday. The current account surplus decreased around CHF 8 billion from last year to CHF 11.15 billion in the third quarter. Nonetheless, the surplus increased from CHF 8.21 billion seen...

The real wage index in Germany rose for the third consecutive quarter and at the fastest pace in more than three years, during the three months to September, figures from Destatis showed Monday. Real wages climbed 1.8 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, faster than 1.5 percent rise in the previous...

Taiwan exports orders in November climbed less-than-expected from a year ago, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Monday. Exports orders in U.S. dollars increased 6 percent year-on-year, slower than the economists' forecast for 8.3 percent growth. In October, orders rose 13.4 percent. Shipments...

Switzerland's money supply grew at a faster pace in November, the Swiss National Bank said Monday. M3, the broad measure of money supply, increased 3.6 percent year-on-year, faster than the 3.4 percent rise in October. Likewise, the annual growth in the narrow measure, M1 rose to 3.1 percent in...

There is no strong case for the Bank of England to boost demand and prices, Monetary Policy Committee member David Miles said in a newspaper column on Sunday. The bank is unlikely to change its path towards higher interest rates as inflation is likely to remain below the 2 percent target, he told...