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NewHomeSales-102414.jpg While the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing a modest increase in new home sales in the U.S. in the month of September, the uptick came from a significantly downwardly revised level in August.

While the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing a modest increase in new home sales in the U.S. in the month of September, the uptick came from a significantly downwardly revised level in August.

Belgium's business confidence improved further in October, led by strengthening of sentiment in the construction sector, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Friday. The business confidence index rose to -6.8 from -7.2 in September. Economists had expected a weaker score of -7.2....

Italy's consumer confidence weakened to an eight-month low in October, survey data from the statistical office Istat showed Friday. The consumer sentiment index fell to 101.4 from 101.9 in September. This was the lowest reading since last February. The score was forecast to fall more sharply to 101....

Bank of France Governor Christian Noyer said on Friday that the French government can do more to reduce spending. In an interview on the RTL Radio, Noyer said a balance must be found between necessary improvement in public finances, which must be credible, without hurting economic activity. Earlier...

UKGDP-102414.jpg The U.K. economy grew at a slower pace in the third quarter in the face of rising uncertainty stemming from global economic conditions, preliminary estimates from the Office for National Statistics Office showed Friday. Gross domestic product climbed 0.7 percent from the second quarter, when it grew 0.9 percent.

Hourly wages in Italy remained unchanged in September, a report from the statistical office ISTAT showed Friday. Wages remained flat month-on-month in September, the same as in August. This marked the third consecutive month of wages remaining unchanged. Annually, wages rose 1.1 percent, the same...

The U.K. economy grew at a slower pace in the third quarter, preliminary estimates from the Office for National Statistics Office showed Friday. Gross domestic product climbed 0.7 percent from the second quarter, when it grew 0.9 percent. The sequential growth rate matched economists' expectations....

Italy's retail sales declined at a faster rate in August, data from the statistical office ISTAT showed Friday. Retail sales fell 3.1 percent year-over-year in August following the 1.7 percent drop in July. Food sales slid 3.7 percent and non-food sales declined 2.5 percent. On a month-over-month...

GermanGFK-1024114.jpg German consumer climate is set to improve slightly in November, ending the downward trend, as income expectations among households strengthened on the back of the strong labor market situation, survey data revealed Friday.The forward-looking consumer confidence index rose slightly to 8.5 in November from 8.4 in October.

Austria's production index that combines industry and construction dropped in August from a year ago, figures from Statistics Austria showed Friday. The production index fell a working-day adjusted 3.7 percent year-on-year. Industrial production decreased 2.8 percent and construction output declined...

Czech consumer confidence increased in October, survey data from the Czech Statistical Office showed Friday. The consumer sentiment index rose to -2 in October from -5.8 in September. Consumers were less worried about personal financial situation and unemployment in October. However, the survey...

Spanish producer prices declined for a third straight month in September, figures from the statistical office INE revealed Friday. Industrial producer prices dropped 0.3 percent annually following 0.6 percent decrease in August. Energy prices were flat, while prices in the intermediate goods industry...

Finland's producer prices decreased at a slower rate in September, data from Statistics Finland showed Friday. Producer prices fell 0.3 percent year-on-year in September following the 0.8 percent drop in August. Producer prices have been declining since August 2013. Producer prices in the domestic...

Finland's retail sales remained flat in September, a preliminary report from Statistics Finland showed Friday. According to the flash estimate, retail sales value remained unchanged year-on-year in September. In August, turnover had declined 1.7 percent. Retail sales volume declined 0.7 percent...