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Sweden's producer price inflation accelerated in April after easing in the previous two months, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Wednesday. Producer prices climbed 7.2 percent year-over-year in April, faster than the 6.5 percent increase in March. The measure has been rising since October last...

Austria's production index climbed in March from a year ago, figures from Statistics Austria showed Wednesday. The production index that combines output of both industry and construction, rose a working-day-adjusted 3.3 percent year-over-year in March. Construction output advanced 3.8 percent annually...

Sweden's economic sentiment declined more-than-expected in May, after improving in the previous month, survey data from the National Institute of Economic Research showed Wednesday. The economic tendency indicator dropped to 111.0 in May from 112.6 in April. Economists had expected the index to fall...

Czech economic confidence weakened marginally in May after improving in the previous month, survey data from the Czech Statistical Office showed Wednesday. The economic sentiment indicator broadly unchanged in May. It edged down to 12.4 from 12.6 in April. At the same time, the consumer confidence...

Thailand's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged again in May, saying that the improved growth outlook was still subjected to risks that warranted close monitoring. The Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to maintain the policy rate at 1.50 percent, the Bank of Thailand said in...

South Africa's consumer price inflation eased at a faster-than-expected rate in April to the lowest level in sixteen months, figures from Statistics South Africa showed Wednesday. The consumer price index climbed 5.3 percent year-over-year in April, slower than the 6.1 percent rise in March. Economists...

Spain's producer price inflation accelerated marginally in April, after easing in the previous two months, data from the statistical office INE showed Wednesday. Producer prices climbed 5.9 percent year-over-year in April, just above the 5.8 percent rise in March. Among components, energy prices...

Finland's retail sales increased slightly in April, preliminary figures from Statistics Finland showed Wednesday. The retail sales value edged up 0.2 percent year-over-year in April. Similarly, the price-adjusted volume of retail sales rose by 0.4 percent. In daily consumer goods trade, sales climbed...

Norway's jobless rate increased marginally in March, figures from Statistics Norway showed Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up to 4.5 percent in March from 4.4 percent in December. Economists had expected a jobless rate of 4.3 percent for the month. The rate for March...

Finland's unemployment rate increased for the second straight month in April, figures from Statistics Finland showed Wednesday. The jobless rate climbed to 10.2 percent in April from 9.6 percent in March. In the corresponding month last year, the rate was 9.8 percent. Moreover, the latest unemployment...

Germany's consumer confidence is set to continue its rising trend in June on the back of further improvement in expectations on income and economy, results of a survey by the GfK market research group showed Wednesday, defying expectations for stability. The forward-looking Consumer Confidence Index...

Finland's producer prices increased for the sixth successive month in April, and at a faster pace than in the previous month, figures from Statistics Finland showed Wednesday. Producer prices for manufactured products climbed 5.0 percent year-over-year in April, following a 4.8 percent rise in March. The...

China-Moodys-052417.jpg Moody's on Wednesday downgraded China's long-term local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings by one notch to A1 from Aa3 and changed the outlook to stable from negative, due to concerns over the rising debt and slow growth and reforms as the government tries to implement a shift to economic expansion driven by domestic demand than exports.

Japan's leading index increased to a 21-month high in March as initially estimated, latest figures from the Cabinet Office showed Wednesday. The leading index, which measures the future economic activity, rose to 105.5 in March from 104.7 in February. That was in line with the flash data published...

A measure of future economic activity in Eurozone increased further in April, survey figures from the Conference Board showed Tuesday. The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index, or LEI, for the euro area climbed 0.7 percent monthly in April, following a 0.6 percent rise each in February and March. The...

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