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Italy's consumer prices increased in September after falling in the previous seven months, preliminary figures from the statistical office Istat showed Friday. The consumer price index edged up 0.1 percent year-over-year in September, reversing a 0.1 percent drop in August. Excluding unprocessed...

Eurozone's jobless rate held steady at a five-year low for a fourth straight month in August, preliminary data from Eurostat showed Friday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 10.1 percent, same as in July. Economists had predicted a jobless rate of 10 percent. The rate has been at...

Euro area inflation doubled in September and core inflation remained stable, the flash estimate from Eurostat showed Friday. Inflation rose to 0.4 percent from 0.2 percent in August. This was the fourth consecutive rise in prices and exceeded the expected growth of 0.3 percent. Nonetheless, headline...

The U.K. economy grew more than previously estimated in the second quarter, the Office for National Statistics reported Friday. Gross domestic product climbed 0.7 percent sequentially in the second quarter, slightly revised up from the second estimate of 0.6 percent. This was the 14th consecutive...

Turkey's foreign trade deficit decreased in August from a year ago, as exports grew faster than imports, the Turkish Statistical Institute showed Friday. The trade deficit narrowed to $4.69 billion in August from $4.95 billion in the corresponding month last year. Economists had expected a shortfall...

A measure signaling euro area economic trends rose for the fourth straight month in September to its highest level in six months, survey data from Bank of Italy and the Centre for Economic Policy Research showed Friday. The Eurocoin indicator increased to 0.34 from 0.32 in August, returning to the...

France's consumer price inflation accelerated as expected in September, after remaining stable in the previous two months, preliminary figures from INSEE showed Friday. The consumer price index rose 0.4 percent year-over-year in September, faster than August's 0.2 percent stable rate of increase....

A measure of the Swiss economic situation rebounded in September, suggesting that the outlook remains stable, survey data from the KOF Swiss Economic Institute showed Friday. The KOF economic barometer rose to 101.3 points from 99.7 in August, revised from 99.8. Economists had expected a score of...

France's household consumption rose for the first time in five months during August on higher car sales and increased spending on fuel, preliminary data from the statistical office INSEE showed Friday. Household consumption grew 0.7 percent from July, when it declined 0.3 percent, revised from 0.2...

Finland's foreign trade deficit increased more than initially estimated in July, latest figures from Finnish customs revealed Friday. The trade deficit for July was EUR 273 million instead of EUR 245 million shortfall reported earlier. In the corresponding month last year, the deficit was only EUR...

Estonia's retail sales growth accelerated in August, after easing in the previous two months, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Friday. The volume of retail sales excluding vehicles climbed 5.0 percent year-over-year in August, faster than July's 2.0 percent increase. The turnover growth...

Germany's retail sales decreased at a faster-than-expected pace in August, after rising in the previous month, data from Destatis showed Friday. Retail sales fell a calendar and seasonally-adjusted 0.4 percent month-over-month in August, exceeding economists' expectations for a 0.2 percent drop. In...

U.K. house price annual increase slowed in September, but less than what economists' expected, after three successive accelerations, survey data from the Nationwide Building Society showed Friday. The house price index rose 5.3 percent year-on-year following 5.6 percent gain in August. Economists...

Estonia's industrial production increased for the second straight month in August, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Friday. Industrial production rose a working-day-adjusted 1.0 percent in August, slower than previous month's 2.2 percent gain. The annual growth in August was mainly driven...

Japan's housing starts grew for the second straight month in August, though at a slower-than-expected pace, data from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism showed Friday. Housing starts rose 2.5 percent year-over-year in August, much slower than July's 8.9 percent spike. That...

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