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japanexports-112510.jpg Japan had a current account surplus of 960.7 billion yen in December, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday - up 325.2 percent on year. The headline figure was shy of expectations for 1,051.7 billion yen and down from 1,143.5 billion in November. The trade balance showed a surplus of 188.7 billion...

Reflecting increases in both revolving and non-revolving credit, the Federal Reserve released a report on Friday showing that U.S. consumer credit increased more than expected in the month of December.

Trade-Balance-020516.jpg With imports rising and exports falling, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing that the U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in December. The report said the trade deficit widened to $43.4 billion in December from a revised $42.2 billion in November.

Non-Farm-Payroll-020516.jpg Employment in the U.S. rose by less than expected in the month of January, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Friday, although the unemployment rate still edged lower. The Labor Department said non-farm payroll employment climbed by 151,000 jobs in January.

With imports rising and exports falling, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing that the U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in December.

Employment in the U.S. rose by less than expected in the month of January, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Friday, although the unemployment rate still edged lower.

The European Central Bank is ready to add more stimulus in March if needed, but only after a thorough study of available data in order to avoid reacting hastily to temporary developments, Governing Council member Bostjan Jazbec said Friday. In an interview to the Wall Street Journal, Jazbec, who is...

Slovenia's consumer prices declined at a stable pace in January, figures from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia showed Friday. The consumer price index fell 0.5 percent year-over-year in January, the same rate of decrease as in the previous two months. Prices have been falling since...

Brazil's consumer price inflation accelerated at a faster-than-expected pace in January, preliminary figures from the statistical office IBGE showed Friday. The consumer price index rose 1.27 percent month-over-month in January, faster than the 0.96 percent climb in the previous month. Economists...

Norway's industrial production decreased for the third consecutive month in December, figures from Statistics Norway showed Friday. Industrial production slipped a calendar-adjusted 2.0 percent year-over-year in December, faster than the 1.8 percent drop in the prior month. In October, production...

Romania's central bank held interest rates steady at a record low for the sixth consecutive policy session on Friday. The Board of the National Bank of Romania maintained the monetary policy rate at 1.75 percent, the bank said in a statement, in line with economists' expectations. The minimum...

Austria's wholesale prices continued to decline at the start of the year, though at a slower rate than in the previous month, preliminary figures from Statistics Austria showed Friday. The wholesale price index fell 2.3 percent year-over-year in January, following a 3.0 percent decrease in December....

Sweden's budget balance logged an unexpected surplus in January due to an increase in tax payments, the National Debt Office said Friday. Central government payments showed a surplus of SEK 17 billion in January, in contrast to a SEK 6 billion deficit estimated by debt office. Tax income was...

Denmark's industrial production increased for the first time in four months in December, figures from Statistics Denmark showed Friday. Industrial production rose a seasonally adjusted 3.6 percent month-over-month in December, reversing a 1.6 percent fall in November, which was revised from a 0.7...

Sweden's industrial production decreased at a faster-than-expected pace in December, after rebounding in the previous month, preliminary figures from Statistics Sweden showed Friday. Industrial production fell a seasonally adjusted 2.9 percent month-over-month in December, much faster than the 0.5...

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