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South Korea will on Tuesday release final Q4 figures for gross domestic product, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Little change is expected from January's preliminary reading that suggested an increase of 0.4 percent on quarter and 2.3 percent on year. In the three months...

Eurozone economic recovery is firming, broadening and becoming more resilient, but underlying inflation is yet to signal a convincing upward trend, implying that the single currency economy still needs massive stimulus, European Central Bank policymaker Peter Praet said Monday. "We need to look through...

UK banks will be provided specific phase-in time to operate in Europe after the country leaves the European Union, Sabine Lautenschlager, Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank, said Monday. While the EU and the UK have not started negotiating yet, both banks and supervisors...

Turkey's capacity utilization rate declined more-than-expected in March, while real sector confidence improved unexpectedly, figures from the central bank showed Monday. The capacity utilization rate fell to 74.9 percent in March from 75.4 percent in February. It was forecast to decrease slightly...

Brazil's consumer confidence strengthened for the third straight month in March to the highest level in more than two years, figures from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, or FGV, showed Monday. The consumer confidence index rose by 3.5 points to 85.3 in March from 81.8 in the prior month. Moreover,...

The Brexit and high household indebtedness are some of the main risks to UK's financial stability, the Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England said Monday. At its March meeting, the committee judged that the overall level of risks to the financial stability was broadly unchanged since its...

Non-performing loans remain a big issue in some euro area member states and are set to be a top priority for some time to come, Daniele Nouy, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank, said Monday. That said, Nouy noted that NPLs in the euro area declined by EUR 54 billion to EUR...

German-IFO-032717.jpg German business sentiment strengthened to a 68-month high in March as economic impetus pushed up companies' assessment of the current assessment and outlook. The business confidence index rose to 112.3 in March from a revised 111.1 in February, survey data from the Munich-based Ifo institute revealed Monday.

Malta's producer prices decreased for the fifth straight month in February, figures from the National Statistical Office showed Monday. The producer price index fell 0.38 percent year-over-year in February, slower than the 1.04 percent decline in January. Producer prices in the foreign market dropped...

Hong Kong's foreign trade deficit increased notably in February from a year ago, as imports grew faster than exports, figures from the Census and Statistics Department showed Monday. The trade deficit widened to HK$56.3 billion in February from HK$33.1 billion in the corresponding month last year....

Eurozone money supply growth eased for the second straight month in February, though marginally, figures from the European Central Bank showed Monday. The broad money measure, M3, rose 4.7 percent year-over-year in February, slower than the 4.8 percent climb in January, which was revised down from...

German business sentiment improved in March, reports said citing survey data from Ifo institute on Monday. The business confidence index rose to 112.3 in March from 111.1 in February. Economists had forecast the indicator to fall to 110.8. The current conditions index came in at 119.3, well above...

China will welcome foreign investment in more sectors going forward and would expect fair treatment overseas, the People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiochuan said Sunday. Sectors such as banking, insurance, investment banking, securities firms, and payment systems could be opened up for foreign...

Finland's manufacturing confidence improved in March, after remaining stable in the previous month, survey data from the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) showed Monday. The manufacturing sentiment climbed to 4.0 in March from 2.0 in February, which was revised up from 1.0. Moreover, the indicator...

Finland's consumer confidence strengthened in March to the strongest level in six-and-a-half years, survey data from Statistics Finland showed Monday. The consumer sentiment index climbed to 22.9 in March from 20.8 in the previous month. Moreover, this was the highest score since September, when...

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