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Commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union increased for the fourth straight month in April, but at a slower pace than in the previous month, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, or ACEA, said Wednesday. New vehicle sales climbed 12.2 percent year-over-year to 169,746 units...

Finland's consumer confidence improved for the eighth straight month in May to the strongest level in four years, figures from Statistics Finland showed Wednesday. The consumer confidence index rose to 15.5 in May from 11.4 in the previous month. The latest score was the highest since April 2011,...

France's consumer confidence declined for the first time in seven months during May, defying expectations for further improvement, as households turned pessimistic regarding their future saving capacity, survey data from the statistical office INSEE showed Wednesday. The consumer confidence index dropped to 93 from 94 in April, which was the highest level in more than five years.

Swiss consumption dropped slightly in April, ending an upward trend that had lasted since January, survey data from the UBS bank showed Wednesday. The consumption index fell to 1.25 in April from 1.34 in the previous month. Although the indicator remains above February's figure, its current level...

Finland's jobless rate held steady in April, after rising in the previous two months, figures from Statistics Finland showed Wednesday. The unemployment rate came in at 10.3 percent in April, the same rate as in the preceding month. A year earlier, the rate was 9.0 percent. The latest rate of unemployment...

German consumer sentiment is set to improve to its highest level since October 2001, survey data from market research group GfK showed Wednesday. The forward-looking consumer sentiment rose to 10.2 in June from 10.1 in May. This was the highest score since October 2001. Among sub-components,...

EEP22-011515_27May15.jpg Consumer confidence survey results from Germany and France are due on Wednesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Confidence among Japan's small and medium-sized enterprises increased more-than- expected in May, after falling in the previous month, survey figures released by the Shoko Chukin Bank showed Wednesday. The small business confidence index rose by 0.7 percentage points to 48.1 in May from 47.4 in April....

The inflation target of 2 percent is expected to be achieved around the first half of fiscal 2016, Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Kikuo Iwata said Wednesday. "This timing is somewhat delayed from the previous projection," he told business leaders in Sapporo. He noted that the underlying trend...

In his address to the Thomson Reuters' 3rd Australian Regulatory Summit in Sydney on Wednesday, Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Philip Lowe said disruptions in the asset management industry can be managed. Lowe called for examination of what role regulations and central banks play in addressing...

Profits earned by Chinese industrial enterprises increased for the first time in six months in April, figures from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Wednesday. Industrial profits rose 2.6 percent year-over-year to CNY 47.95 billion in April, reversing a 0.4 percent fall in the preceding month....

trade.jpg The value of construction work done in Australia slipped a seasonally adjusted 2.4 percent on quarter in the first quarter or 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday - coming in at A$48.397 billion. That missed expectations for a decline of 1.4 percent following the 0.2 percent...

Construction work done in Australia was down a seasonally adjusted 2.4 percent on quarter in the first quarter or 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday - coming in at A$48.397 billion. That missed expectations for a decline of 1.4 percent following the 0.2 percent contraction...

A leading index for the Australian economy moved higher in April, the latest survey from Westpac Bank and the Melbourne Institute showed on Wednesday - rising 0.11 percent on month to a score of 98.17. That followed the 0.3 percent decline to 98.0 in March. The six-month annualized deviation from...

consconf-052615.jpg Consumer confidence in the U.S. improved modestly in May after declining sharply in April, the Conference Board revealed in a report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index rose to 95.4 in May from a downwardly revised 94.3 in April.

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