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Signaling continued moderate growth through the winter, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday showing that its index of leading U.S. economic indicators increased in line with estimates in the month of November.

While the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia released a report on Thursday showing a continued increase in regional manufacturing activity in the month of December, the pace of growth in the sector slowed substantially.

Mexico's retail sales grew at the fastest pace in more than two-and-a-half years during October, figures from the statistical office INEGI showed Thursday. Retail sales rose 5.6 percent year-on-year following 4.5 percent increase in September. That also exceeded economists' forecast for 4.4 percent...

JoblessClaims-121814.jpg Initial jobless claims in the U.S. unexpectedly saw a modest decrease in the week ended December 13th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The Labor Department said jobless claims slipped to 289,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level of 295,000.

Belgium's consumer confidence improved in December after deteriorating in the previous two months, as pessimism regarding the economic situation and fears of a rise in unemployment eased, survey figures from the National Bank of Belgium showed Thursday. The consumer confidence index rose to -12 from...

Initial jobless claims in the U.S. unexpectedly saw a modest decrease in the week ended December 13th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

ECB-121814.jpg The European Central Bank announced on Thursday that it will publish the minutes of its monetary policy meeting, starting next month, although it opted not to reveal the votes of individual members of the rate-setting body. In a statement, the ECB said that it will publish regular accounts of Governing Council monetary policy discussions, starting with the meeting on January 22, 2015.

Economic expectations for Central and Eastern Europe including Turkey or CEE region improved considerably in December, a survey published by the Centre for European Economic Research showed Thursday. The ZEW-Erste Group Bank Economic Sentiment Indicator for the CEE region rose 18.0 points to 30.5...

Taiwan's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged for the fourteenth consecutive session on Thursday. The Board of the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) held its key rate at 1.875 percent. The decision was in line economists' expectations. The previous change in the discount...

UKretailsales-121814.jpg U.K. retail sales growth accelerated unexpectedly in November as consumers boosted their spending on "Black Friday" a day after Thanksgiving, marking the start of the holiday season. Retail sales volume including automotive fuel increased 1.6 percent from October, the Office for National Statistics said Thursday. This was the biggest monthly rise since last December.

Germanifo-121814.jpg German business confidence improved for the second straight month to a 4-month high as expectations of firms brightened while their current assessment remained unchanged in December, a closely watched survey showed Thursday. The business confidence index rose in line with expectations to 105.5 from 104.7 in November.

The European Central Bank announced on Thursday that it will publish the minutes of its monetary policy meeting, starting next month, but they will not reveal the votes of the individual members of the rate-setting body. In a statement, the ECB said that it will publish regular accounts of Governing...

The European Central Bank (ECB) Thursday announced that it will publish regular accounts of Governing Council monetary policy discussions, starting with the meeting on 22 January. The accounts will contain an overview of financial market, economic and monetary developments. This will be followed by...

Portugal's producer prices continued their declining trend in November, figures from Statistics Portugal revealed Thursday. Industrial producer prices dropped 1.1 percent annually following a 1.2 percent decline in October. Prices in manufacturing decreased 1.9 percent, which was slightly slower...

Eurozone construction output grew in October after declining in the previous month, data from Eurostat showed Thursday. Production in construction rose 1.3 percent from September, when it declined 1 percent, which was revised from 1.8 percent fall. Building activity grew 1.4 percent and civil...