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EurozonePM-102314.jpg The private sector in the eurozone logged a marginal upturn in October helped by an improvement in Germany, while France moved deeper into contraction, flash data from Markit Economics revealed Thursday. The headline flash Markit composite output index rose to 52.2 in October from a 10-month low of 52 in September. The score was forecast to fall to 51.5.

Turkey's central bank left its key interest rates unchanged on Thursday, in line with economists' expectations, and signaled that policy is likely to remain tight until significant improvement is witnessed in inflation outlook. The bank maintained the one-week repo rate at 8.25 percent, the overnight...

Poland's unemployment rate declined more-than-expected in September, figures from the Central Statistical Office revealed Thursday. The registered jobless rate fell to 11.5 percent from 11.7 percent in August. Economists had forecast a figure of 11.6 percent. The rate eased for the seventh month...

Brazil's unemployment rate in September unexpectedly fell and logged the record low for that month, figures from the statistical office IBGE showed Thursday. The jobless rate dropped to 4.9 percent from 5 percent in August. Economists had forecast the rate to edge up to 5.1 percent. The 4.9...

Taiwan's commercial sales growth unexpectedly improved in September, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Thursday. Sales of trade and food services rose 2.53 percent year-on-year after a 2.21 percent gain in the previous month. Economists were looking for a 1 percent increase. Wholesale...

U.K. manufacturers' order books showed its weakest balance since July 2013, the Industrial Trends Survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Thursday. The total order books fell to -6 percent in October, the lowest since July 2013, from -4 percent in September. The score was forecast...

Taiwan's industrial production grew at a faster-than-expected pace in September, led by manufacturing, figures from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed Thursday. Production rose 10.30 percent year-on-year following 6.89 percent growth in August, revised from 7.03 percent. Economists had forecast...

The Philippine central bank decided to keep its key rate unchanged on Thursday after raising it by a quarter basis point each at the previous two meetings. The Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas maintained the overnight borrowing rate at 4.00 percent and the overnight lending at 6.00...

Sweden's unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly in September after rising in the previous month, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. The unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent from 7.4 percent in August. Economists had forecast a figure of 7.5 percent. In July, the rate was 7.1 percent....

U.K. retail sales declined more than expected in September on a notable fall in non-food store sales. Retail sales fell 0.3 percent in September from a month ago, when it rose 0.4 percent, the Office for National Statistics reported Thursday. This was the first fall in four months. Economists had...

U.K. mortgage approvals declined in September to its lowest level in more than a year and came in below expectations, figures from the British Bankers' Association showed Thursday. The seasonally adjusted number of mortgage approvals for house purchase decreased to 39,271 from 41,361 in August, revised...

The Eurozone private sector logged a marginal upturn in growth in October, flash data from Markit Economics revealed Thursday. The headline flash Markit composite output index rose to 52.2 in October from a 10-month low of 52 in September. The score was forecast to fall to 51.5. The services Purchasing...

Norway's central bank on Thursday left its key interest rate unchanged for a sixteenth session in a row as it saw inflation and growth in line with projections made last month. The Executive Board decided to keep the key policy rate unchanged at 1.5 percent, the Norges Bank said in a statement. The...

Danish consumer confidence improved in October after easing sharply in the previous month, Statistics Denmark said Thursday. The consumer confidence index climbed to 8.2 from 7.1 in September. In August, the score was 11.4 percent. Households' view on their current as well as future economic situation...

Germany's private sector growth improved marginally in October, flash survey data from Markit Economics showed Thursday. The composite output index rose to 54.3 in October from 54.1 in September. The private sector extended the current sequence of output growth to a year-and-a-half. Manufacturing...