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Eurozone's consumer confidence dropped for a fourth month in September and the decline was worse-than-expected, preliminary data from the European Commission showed Monday. The flash consumer confidence indicator for the euro area fell to -11.4 from -10 in August. The reading came in below economists'...

After reporting four consecutive monthly increases, the National Association of Realtors released a report on Monday showing an unexpected drop in U.S. existing home sales in the month of August.

Bundesbank said German industrial production in July was largely influenced by the timing of school holidays. Industrial output grew 1.9 percent in July, the most since March 2012. School holidays were concentrated in August this year, the bank said in its monthly report on Monday. So the bank...

Greece's current account surplus for July decreased from the same month last year, figures from the Bank of Greece showed Monday. The current account surplus declined to EUR 1.68 billion from EUR 2.82 billion a year ago. The significantly higher surplus recorded in July 2013 was mainly due to...

Malta's current account surplus increased in the second quarter, data from the National Statistics Office showed Monday. The current account showed a surplus of EUR 179.5 million in the second quarter, compared to the EUR 56.55 million surplus recorded in the corresponding quarter a year earlier. The...

Taiwan's export orders grew less than expected in August as demand for transport equipment weakened notably, data revealed Monday. Export orders expanded 5.2 percent in August from last year, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said. Economists had expected orders to grow 6.9 percent after rising 5.7...

Hong Kong's consumer prices increased at a slightly slower rate in August, less than the consensus estimate, a report from the Census and Statistics Department showed Monday. Consumer prices rose 3.9 percent year-over-year in August following a 4 percent increase in July. Economists had expected prices...

Iceland's wage cost growth accelerated in August, Statistics Iceland reported Monday. Wage cost increased 6.3 percent year-on-year, faster than the 5.9 percent rise in July. On a monthly basis, wage cost gained 0.6 percent versus 0.4 percent increase in July. The real wage index rose 0.3 percent...

Italy's industrial orders dropped at a stable rate in July, figures from the statistical office Istat showed Monday. Total orders fell 1.5 percent month-over-month in July, the same rate as in June. Orders in the domestic market slid 0.9 percent and orders in the international market declined 2.1...

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann has criticized the European Central Bank's latest measures to boost the euro area economy, such as the planned purchases of covered bonds and asset-backed securities and covered bonds, as well as the interest rate reduction this month. The latest decisions suggest...

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council said Monday that more progress is needed on fiscal consolidation front to reduce the debt to safer levels. The council said the fiscal consolidation measures introduced since 2008 significantly lowered the size of the structural deficit. Nevertheless, it is likely...

Consumer confidence in Denmark declined after six consecutive months of increase in September, a report from Statistics Denmark showed Monday. The headline consumer confidence index fell to 7.1 in September from 11.4 in August. Assessment about the current general economic situation dropped to...

Denmark's retail sales rose in August, after remaining stagnant in July, figures from Statistics Denmark showed Monday. Retail sales grew by a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent month-over-month in August, after remaining unchanged in the previous month. Retail sales of clothing and other consumer...

Switzerland's money supply growth slowed for the third consecutive month in August, the Swiss National Bank said Monday. M3, the broad measure of money supply, grew 3.4 percent year-on-year in August after rising 3.6 percent in July. At the same time, annual growth in the narrow measure, M1...

A leading indicator of India's economy declined in August, data from the Conference Board showed Monday. The Conference Board leading economic index fell 0.5 percent month-over-month in August following a 0.3 percent increase in July. Two out of the eight sub-indices contributed positively to...