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South Africa's producer price inflation eased for the second straight month in April, though slightly, figures from Statistics South Africa showed Thursday. The producer price index climbed 7.0 percent year-over-year in April, slower than March's 7.1 percent increase. In February, prices had risen...

UK mortgage approvals declined more-than-expected to its lowest level in over a year in April, after the stamp duty hike, figures from the British Bankers' Association said Thursday. The number of loans approved for house purchase declined sharply to 40,104 from 43,854 in March, revised from 45,096....

Bulgaria's money supply growth quickened in April, preliminary figures from the Bulgarian National Bank showed Thursday. M3, the broad measure of money supply climbed 8.0 percent year-over-year in April, faster than the 6.1 percent hike in the preceding month. Similarly, the annual growth in the...

Italy's retail sales declined for the first time in three months during March and at the fastest pace in nearly two years, data from ISTAT showed Thursday. Retail sales fell 0.6 percent from February, when they grew 0.3 percent. Sales were flat in January. The latest decline was the first since...

The U.K. economy expanded as initially estimated in the first quarter, the second estimates from the Office for National Statistics showed Thursday. Gross domestic product grew 0.4 percent in the first quarter from previous three months, unrevised from the estimate published on April 27. It was slower...

Hong Kong's exports decreased for the twelfth consecutive month in April, though at a slower-than-expected pace, figures from the Census and Statistics Department showed Thursday. The value of total exports of goods and services dropped 2.3 percent year-over-year in April, much slower than the 7.0...

Production in the Swiss industry and construction sectors rose for the first time in more than a year during the first quarter even as turnover declined, preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office showed Thursday. The second sector output, which includes industry and construction, grew...

Sweden's producer prices declined at a faster pace in April, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. Producer prices decreased 4.2 percent on a yearly basis in April, following a 3.7 percent drop in March. Compared to March, producer prices declined 0.9 percent, when it rose 0.8 percent....

Sweden's foreign trade surplus increased in April from a year ago, as imports fell and exports remained flat, preliminary figures from Statistics Sweden showed Wednesday. The trade surplus rose to SEK 4.4 billion in April from SEK 3.5 billion in the corresponding period last year. Economists had...

The Spanish economy expanded as estimated in the first quarter, final data from the statistical office INE showed Thursday. Gross domestic product grew 0.8 percent sequentially in the first three months of 2016, in line with flash estimate. The economy had expanded 0.8 percent each in the previous...

Swedish consumer confidence unexpectedly deteriorated in May as households' view on personal finances and the economy weakened, survey results from the National Institute of Economic Research showed Thursday. The consumer confidence indicator dropped to 96 from a downwardly revised 96.6 in April....

Hungary's unemployment rate decreased more-than-expected in the three months ended April, the Central Statistical Office said Thursday. The jobless rate dropped to 5.6 percent in the February to April period from 6.0 percent in the three-month period to March. The number of unemployed people totaled...

Finland's retail sales increased in April from a year ago, preliminary figures from Statistics Finland showed Thursday. Retail sales rose 1.5 percent year-over-year in April. Similarly, the price-adjusted volume of retail sales grew by 2.4 percent. In daily consumer goods trade, sales decreased...

BillnNZ-052616.jpg The New Zealand government forecast the budget surplus to increase through 2020 as the economy expands at faster pace. "We have solid economic growth and the Government's books are in good shape - giving us options we didn't have eight years ago," Finance Minister Bill English said in his annual budget on Thursday.

EEP12-011515_26May16.jpg Revised quarterly national accounts data from the U.K. is due on Thursday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

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