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The Czech central bank left its key interest rates unchanged for a fourteenth successive session on Thursday and kept its pledge to stem any gains in the koruna. The Czech National Bank policymakers decided to keep the main two-week repo rate unchanged at 0.05 percent, in line with economists' expectations....

South Africa's producer price inflation eased for the second straight month in June, figures from Statistics South Africa showed Thursday. The producer price index rose 8.1 percent year-on-year in June, slower than May's 8.7 percent climb. Economists had forecast an 8.4 percent increase for June. Prices...

Philippinecentralbank-073114.jpg The Philippine central bank on Thursday lifted its key interest rates for the first time in more than three years, citing elevated inflation expectations.The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas raised its overnight borrowing rate by 25 basis points to 3.75 percent from 3.50 percent and the overnight lending rate to 5.75 percent from 5.50 percent.

Italy's harmonized index of consumer prices remained stagnant in July after increasing in June, trailing the consensus estimate, preliminary figures from ISTAT showed Thursday. The HICP remained unchanged year-over-year in July following the 0.2 percent increase in June. Economists had expected the...

Slovenia's consumer prices remained flat in July, figures from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia showed Thursday. The consumer price index remained flat year-on-year in July, after a 0.8 percent rise in the previous month. Prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages dropped 1.1...

Greece's retail sales declined in May, after rising in the previous month, data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority showed Thursday. The retail sales volume fell 3.8 percent year-over-year in May following a 7.1 percent increase in April. Food sales declined 7.8 percent in May, after rising...

Slovenia's retail sales in June dropped for a second straight month, preliminary figures from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia showed Thursday. Retail sales fell 2.6 percent year-on-year in June, after a 2.9 percent decline in the previous month. That was the worst decline since...

Hong Kong's retail sales declined at a faster rate in June, exceeding the consensus estimate, data from the Census and Statistics Department showed Thursday. The retail sales value fell 6.9 percent year-over-year in June following the revised 3.9 percent drop in May. This was worse than the 5.1 percent...

The Eurozone jobless rate fell unexpectedly in June, data showed Thursday. The unemployment rate dropped marginally to 11.5 percent from 11.6 percent in May. The rate was forecast to remain unchanged at 11.6 percent. Likewise, the youth unemployment rate declined to 23.1 percent in June from...

Eurozone inflation slowed in July to the lowest in four-and-a-half years largely due to a fall in energy prices, data showed Thursday. Inflation slowed to 0.4 percent in July from 0.5 percent in June, flash data from Eurostat revealed. It was expected to remain unchanged at 0.5 percent. It is the...

Italy's unemployment rate eased unexpectedly in June, after holding steady near a record high in the previous month, but the youth jobless figure climbed to a record, figures from the statistical office ISTAT showed Thursday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 12.3 percent from 12.6...

German unemployment declined more than expected in July, reports said Thursday. The number of people out of work declined by 12,000 from June, the Federal Labor Agency reportedly said. Unemployment was forecast to fall by 5,000. Meanwhile, the jobless rate remained unchanged at seasonally adjusted...

The unemployment rate in Denmark remained stable in June, figures from Statistics Denmark showed Thursday. The jobless rate came in at a seasonally adjusted 5.1 percent in June, the same as in May. In April, the unemployment rate was at 5 percent. The number of unemployed people was 133,900 in June. The...

A measure of the current economic situation in the euro area fell slightly in July, after remaining stable in the previous month, a survey by the Bank of Italy and the Centre for Economic Policy Research showed Thursday. The Eurocoin indicator fell to 0.27 in July from 0.31 in June. It was the weakest...

Thailand's current account balance showed a surplus in June after posting negative figures for two straight months, data from Bank of Thailand showed Thursday. The current account surplus totaled $1.83 billion versus $664 million deficit in May. Merchandise exports grew 3.8 percent from last year...