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French producer prices rose unexpectedly in June from a year ago, figures from the statistical office Insee showed Thursday. Producer prices in the domestic market rose 0.5 percent year-on-year in June, in contrast to a 0.2 percent fall registered in the previous month. Economists had forecast a 0.1...

The Swiss National Bank registered a profit of CHF 16.1 billion in the first half of the year as the value of gold and foreign currencies increased, the interim results showed Thursday. The profit on foreign currency positions totaled CHF 12.6 billion and a valuation gain of CHF 3.5 billion was achieved...

U.K. house price growth slowed in July, falling behind expectations of economists, survey data from mortgage lender Nationwide showed Thursday. House prices rose 10.6 percent year-over-year in July, increasing for the seventeenth straight month and followed a 11.8 percent gain in June. This was less...

Estonia's retail sales growth accelerated in June, after easing notably in the previous month, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Thursday. Retail sales climbed 7.0 percent year-on-year in June, faster than May's 4.0 percent growth. In April, sales rose 8.0 percent. Automotive fuel sales grew...

Germany retail sales recovered in June after falling for three consecutive months, provisional data from Destatis showed Thursday. Retail sales advanced by real 1.3 percent month-on-month in June, reversing the revised 0.2 percent drop in May. The rate was also faster than the 1 percent growth forecast...

Estonia's industrial production growth slowed for the second straight month in June, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Thursday. The industrial production index rose a working-day adjusted 1.0 percent year-on-year in June, slower than May's 2.2 percent climb. In April, production advanced 3.6...

China-Flag-073114.jpg The International Monetary Fund said China should target 6.5-7 percent growth for 2015, lower than the 7.5 percent goal for this year, and deploy stimulus only if growth were to slow significantly below the target. While most of its directors estimate 6.5-7 percent growth, a few others assessed a lower target as more appropriate, the IMF said in a report published late Wednesday.

Japan's housing starts declined less than expected in June, data revealed Thursday. Housing starts dropped 9.5 percent year-over-year in June, a slower rate of decline than the 15 percent fall in May, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said. Economists expected a 11.5 percent...

Eurozone inflation and unemployment reports and German retail sales and unemployment reports are some of the important economic data scheduled for release on Thursday. Eurostat is scheduled to release its flash HICP and unemployment reports at 5 am ET. The HICP is expected to rise 0.5 percent year-over-year...

Automobile production in Japan expanded for the tenth consecutive month in June, figures from the Japan automobile Manufactures Association showed Thursday. Production volume of four-wheel vehicles advanced 6.6 percent to 857,137 units in June. In the year-ago period, production was at 804,125 units....

New Zealand's money supply increased at a faster pace in June, figures from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand showed Thursday. M3 money supply, the broadest measure of money supply, rose 5.4 percent year-on-year to NZ$272.5 billion in June. This follows a 5.2 percent rise in May. M3 resident aggregate...

Total labor cash earnings in Japan increased at a less than expected rate in June, a report from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare showed Thursday. Total earnings rose 0.4 percent year-over-year in June following the revised 0.6 percent increase in May. This fell below the 0.8 percent growth...

trade.jpg The total number of building approvals issued in Australia gained a seasonally adjusted 16.0 percent on year in June, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - coming in at 15,659. That was shy of forecasts for an increase of 23.3 percent following the upwardly revised 15.2 jump in May...

Singapore's unemployment rate grew at a steady pace in the second quarter as employment decreased moderately, data from the Ministry of Manpower showed Thursday. The jobless rate increased 2 percent quarter-over-quarter in the second quarter, the same rate as in Q1 - in line with the consensus estimate. The...

Export prices in Australia were down 7.9 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday. That missed forecasts for a decline of 4.0 percent following the downwardly revised 2.8 percent increase in the first quarter (originally 3.6 percent). Import...