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South Africa's leading index improved in June after remaining stable in the previous month, data from the South African Reserve Bank showed Tuesday. The composite leading index climbed to 107.1 in June from 105.9 in May. Out of the nine components, six contributes positively to the headline index...

Switzerland's money supply grew at a slightly faster pace in July, the Swiss National Bank said Tuesday. The broad monetary aggregate, M3 climbed 2.4 percent year-on-year in July, following June's 2.3 percent increase. Similarly, the narrow measure, M1 growth improved to 5.1 percent from 5 percent a month ago.

Finland's jobless rate decreased further in July to the lowest level in more than six-and-a-half years, figures from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday. The jobless rate dropped to 6.5 percent in July from 6.7 percent in the prior month. In the corresponding month last year, the rate was 7.5 percent. Moreover,...

Japan's supermarket sales increased in July, preliminary data from the Chain Store Association showed Tuesday. Supermarket sales, after store adjustment, increased 1.5 percent on year in July. Before adjustment, sales grew 2.3 percent. On a monthly basis, supermarket sales advanced 7.8 percent in July.

Switzerland's trade surplus remained unchanged in July as both exports and imports declined at similar rates, data from the Federal Customs Administration showed Tuesday. The trade surplus remained at CHF 1.2 billion in July. Exports decreased 1.4 percent month-on-month, following a 0.1 percent...

Estonia's producer price inflation accelerated for the second straight month in July, data from Statistics Estonia showed Tuesday. Producer prices climbed 3.2 percent year-over-year in July, faster than the 2.8 percent rise in June. The price index for the utility sector grew markedly by 34.2 percent...

Dutch consumer confidence weakened slightly in August, while spending growth accelerated in June, figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Tuesday. The consumer confidence index dropped to 21.0 in August from 23.0 in the previous month. In August, the opinion about the economic climate...

ukflag-aug21.jpg Public sector finance from the UK is due on Tuesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 2.00 am ET, Statistics Finland releases unemployment data for July. The jobless rate stood at 6.7 percent in June.

South Korea's producer price inflation accelerated for the fourth straight month in July, preliminary data from Bank of Korea showed Tuesday. Producer prices climbed 2.9 percent year-on-year in July, faster than June's 2.6 percent rise. Price index for agricultural, forestry and marine products...

New Zealand's credit card spending decreased in July, after rebounding in the previous month, figures from Reserve Bank of New Zealand showed Tuesday. Credit card spending dropped 1.1 percent month-on-month in July, in contrast to a 1.9 percent rise in June. Domestic billing also fell 1.1 percent...

The Reserve Bank of Australia will on Tuesday release the minutes from its monetary policy meeting on August 7, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. At the meeting, the RBA voted to maintain its benchmark lending rate at the record low of 1.50 percent - where it has been for...

Germany's economy is likely to remain on a sound growth path in the third quarter but the pace of growth could end up being somewhat slower than the average for the first half of the year, Bundesbank said in its monthly report on Monday. Accordingly, industry is not expected to make any meaningful...

greeceflag-aug20.jpg Greece finally emerged out of its final bailout programme helping it to re-enter the financial markets to raise own funds for the first time in eight years. "Greece is now in a position where it can enjoy the full extent of euro area membership, abiding by the same rules as every other euro country," Eurogroup President Mario Centeno said.

Luxembourg's unemployment rate held steady in July, after easing slightly in the previous month, figures from the statistical office STATEC showed Monday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate came in at 5.5 percent in July, the same rate as in June. In the corresponding month last year, the jobless...

Poland's industrial production expanded at a faster-than-expected pace in July, figures from Statistics Poland showed Wednesday. Industrial production surged 10.3 percent year-over-year in July, exceeding economists' forecast for an increase of 9.8 percent. Among components, manufacturing production...

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