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Czech economic confidence improved marginally in January after weakening in the previous month, survey data from the Czech Statistical Office showed Tuesday. The economic sentiment indicator rose to 14.7 in January from 14.6 in December. In November, the reading was 14.8. The consumer confidence...

The U.K. budget deficit narrowed at the end of the year, the Office for National Statistics showed Tuesday. Public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks, decreased by GBP 0.4 billion from prior year to GBP 6.9 billion in December. The expected level of budget deficit was GBP 6.7 billion. Of...

The euro area private sector continued to maintain a robust pace of expansion in January, flash survey data from IHS Markit showed Tuesday. The composite output index fell slightly to 54.3 in January from 54.4 in December. Economists had expected the index to rise to 54.5. Nonetheless, any reading...

The British government has lost a crucial appeal in the U.K. Supreme Court to trigger Article 50 for exiting the European Union without consulting the Parliament. The U.K. Supreme Court dismissed the government's appeal by a majority of 8 to 3. "In a joint judgment of the majority, the Supreme...

Germany's private sector growth slowed to a 4-month low in January despite strong expansion in manufacturing, flash survey results from IHS Markit revealed Tuesday. The composite output index fell to 54.7 in January from 55.2 in December. However, any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector....

France's private sector expanded at the quickest pace in over five-and-a-half years in January, driven by robust growth in services activity, flash data from IHS Markit showed Tuesday. The composite output index climbed to a 67-month high of 53.8 in January from 53.1 in December. A reading above 50...

South Africa's leading indicator rose for a fourth straight month in November at a faster pace, data from the South African Reserve Bank showed Tuesday. The composite leading indicator climbed to 95.6 from a revised 94.6 in October. Seven of the ten components increased, while three decreased. The...

Finland's producer prices rose for a second straight month in December and the pace of increase quadrupled, mainly due to higher oil prices and increased cost of metal manufacturing, preliminary figures from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday. The producer price index for manufactured products rose...

Finland's unemployment rate dropped sharply in 2016, after three consecutive years of strong increases, preliminary data from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday. The jobless rate for the 15-74 age group fell to 8.8 percent from 9.4 percent in 2015. In 2014, the figure was 8.7 percent. The youth...

Thailand's exports grew for the second straight month in December, figures from the commerce ministry showed Tuesday. Exports climbed 6.2 percent year-over-year in December, slower than the 10.2 percent surge in November. Imports rose at a faster rate of 10.3 percent annually in December, following...

Australia's consumer sentiment weakened during the week ended January 22, impacted by the end of the traditional holiday season and recent headlines about Brexit and Trump Presidency, a weekly survey compiled by the ANZ bank and Roy Morgan Research showed Tuesday. The consumer confidence index fell...

South Korea's consumer confidence weakened for the third consecutive month in January, figures from Bank of Korea showed Tuesday. The composite consumer sentiment index fell to 93.3 in January from 94.1 in December. Consumer sentiment on current living standards decreased to 87 in January from...

New Zealand's service sector activity expanded at the fastest pace in more than a year in December, survey figures from Business NZ showed Tuesday. The performance of services index, or PSI, climbed to 58.4 in December from 58.1 in November. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector. Moreover,...

The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand in January, and at a faster pace, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Tuesday with a PMI score of 52.8. Now at a 34-month high, the January reading is up from 52.4 in December. It also moves further above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that...

Japan will on Monday see preliminary January numbers for the manufacturing PMI from Nikkei, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The manufacturing PMI in December came in at 52.4, above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.

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