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Poland's unemployment rate fell for a second straight month in March and came in below economists' expectations, figures from the Central Statistics Office showed Thursday. The registered unemployment rate fell to 13.5 percent in March from 13.9 percent in February. Economists had forecast a jobless...

Confidence among German firms improved unexpectedly in April, reports said citing Ifo survey on Thursday.

Foreign visitor arrivals to Turkey during March hardly grew from a year ago, the latest data from the Tourism Ministry showed Thursday. The number of foreigners arriving in Turkey rose just 0.59 percent year-on-year, following a 6.6 percent growth in February. In the same month last year, arrivals...

Dutch producer confidence declined in April from a near three-year high in March, figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Thursday. The producers' confidence index decreased to 0.3 in April from 1.1 in March, which was the highest score since June 2011. In February, the reading was -0.1. Producers...

Dutch household spending declined for the second consecutive month in February, figures from Statistics Netherlands showed Thursday. Consumer spending decreased 1.2 percent from the prior year, following a 1.7 percent drop in January. Households spent less on heating and gas in the first few months...

Czech consumer confidence strengthened to the highest level since April 2008, survey data from the Czech Statistical Office showed Thursday. Consumer sentiment rose to seasonally adjusted -3.8 in April, the strongest since 2008, from -5.5 in March. The survey taken among consumers indicates that...

France's business confidence dropped slightly in April, reversing a modest improvement in the previous month, the latest data from INSEE showed Thursday. A separate survey from INSEE suggested that manufacturers expect a slowdown in foreign demand and see the labor market situation to remain unfavorable...

Finland's producer prices fell for an eighth consecutive month in March and at a faster pace, figures from Statistics Finland showed Thursday. The producer price index dropped 2.1 percent year-on-year in March, after a 1.3 percent decline in February. The latest decrease is the biggest in the series...

Switzerland's trade surplus increased notably in the first quarter on strong exports of pharmaceutical products, the Federal Customs Administration showed Thursday. Exports advanced 4.4 percent on a yearly basis to CHF 51.3 billion in the first quarter. Likewise, imports grew 2.2 percent to CHF 44.4...

Finland's unemployment rate rose for a third straight month to its highest level in nine months and was above economists' expectations, figures from Statistics Finland showed Thursday. The jobless rate climbed to 9.5 percent from 9.1 percent in February. Economists had forecast a figure of 9.3 percent....

EEP-042414.jpg Ifo business confidence from Germany is due on Thursday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

British car production posted a double-digit growth in March, underpinned by robust demand from Europe, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said Thursday. Car manufacturing advanced 12 percent in March from last year to more than 142,000 units. Production for exports climbed by around 10...

China's leading economic index was up 1.2 percent on month in March, the Conference Board said on Thursday. That's up from the 0.9 percent increase in February and the 0.3 percent gain in January. The coincident index added 1.1 percent in March - up from the flat reading in February and the 1.3...

An index measuring corporate service prices in Japan was up 0.7 percent on year in March, the Bank of Japan said on Thursday, standing at 97.1. The headline figure was in line with expectations and unchanged from the previous month. On a monthly basis, prices were up 0.6 percent - accelerating...

skgdp-042610.jpg South Korea's gross domestic product expanded 0.9 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2014, the Bank of Korea said in Thursday's advance estimate. That beat forecasts for an increase of 0.8 percent, and it was unchanged from the previous quarter. Real gross domestic income increased by 0.7...