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Mexico's economy grew at a faster-than-expected pace in the second quarter, figures from the statistical office INEGI showed Thursday. Gross domestic product rose 1.04 percent from the first quarter, when the economy expanded an upwardly revised 0.4 percent. Economists had forecast 0.8 percent quarterly...

joblessclaims-082114.jpg Initial jobless claims in the U.S. fell by slightly more than expected in the week ended August 16th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The Labor Department said jobless claims dropped to 298,000, a decrease of 14,000 from the previous week's revised level of 312,000.

Belgium's consumer confidence in August deteriorated for the third successive month to its weakest level in 12 months, survey results from the National Bank of Belgium showed Thursday. The consumer confidence index fell to -11 from July's -10. It was the lowest score since August last year, when...

UkRetailSales-082114.jpg U.K. retail sales growth eased in July as auto fuel turnover declined markedly from June, official data showed Thursday. The public sector finance figures were also weaker than expected in July despite economic rebound. Including auto fuel, retail sales volume grew 0.1 percent in July from a month ago, slower than the revised 0.2 percent increase in June, the Office for National Statistics said.

Initial jobless claims in the U.S. fell by slightly more than expected in the week ended August 16th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

EurozonePMI-082114.jpg The Eurozone private sector growth eased more-than-expected in August as weak manufacturing performance hurt Germany's expansion, while the French private sector activity stagnated. The Eurozone composite output index fell to 52.8 in August from 53.8 in July, flash data from Markit Economics showed Thursday. The indicator was expected to fall marginally to 53.4.

Norway's economy expanded at a notably faster rate in the second quarter, exceeding expectations, figures from Statistics Norway showed Thursday. Mainland Norway gross domestic product grew 1.2 percent from the first quarter, when the economy grew 0.5 percent. The pace of growth exceeded more than...

Slovenia's output prices decline slowed for the third straight month in July, figures from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia showed Thursday. Output prices fell 0.6 percent year-on-year in July, slower than June's 0.9 percent decline. In May, prices dropped 1.1 percent. Prices have...

Lithuania's industrial production in July increased from a year ago, figures from Statistics Lithuania showed Monday. The industrial production index advanced a working-day adjusted 2.3 percent year-on-year in July. Production in the manufacturing sector grew by 2.4 percent in July, while mining and...

The Netherlands' unemployment rate decreased for the third straight month in July, figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Thursday. The unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 8.2 percent in July from 8.4 percent in the previous month. In May, the jobless rate was 8.6 percent. The...

The unemployment rate in Sweden decreased more-than-expected in July from a 4-year high recorded in June, a report from Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. The jobless rate fell to 7.1 percent in July from 9.2 percent in June. Economists had expected the unemployment rate to fall to 7.4 percent. The...

The U.K. budget deficit narrowed in July, the Office for National Statistics reported Thursday. Public sector net borrowing excluding interventions came in at GBP 0.2 billion in July versus GBP 1 billion a year ago. Excluding transfers to Asset Purchase Facility, the deficit totaled GBP 0.8 billion...

Hong Kong's consumer prices increased at a faster rate in July, defying expectations of a slow-down, a report from the Census and Statistics Department showed Thursday. Consumer prices rose 4 percent year-over-year in July following the 3.6 percent growth in June. Economists had expected prices to...

Rewrites second sentence of the third para U.K. retail sales grew less than expected in July as household goods store sales deteriorated, official data showed Thursday. Including auto fuel, retail sales volume grew 0.1 percent in July from a month ago, slower than the revised 0.2 percent increase...

The Eurozone private sector growth slowed more than expected in August as manufacturing posted its weakest expansion in 13 months, flash data from Markit Economics showed Thursday. The composite output index fell to 52.8 in August from 53.8 in July. The indicator was expected to fall marginally to...