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Finland's unemployment rate declined for the second straight month in July to the weakest level in almost a year, figures from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday. The jobless rate dropped to 7.5 percent in July from 8.9 percent in the prior month. In the corresponding month last year, the rate was...

Switzerland's trade surplus increased in July despite a fall in exports, figures from the Federal Customs Administration showed Tuesday. The trade surplus rose to CHF 3.6 billion from CHF 2.7 billion in June. Exports declined by real 1.7 percent month-on-month in July, larger than the 1.3 percent...

Dutch consumer confidence improved slightly for the second straight month August, while spending growth eased further in June, figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted consumer confidence index rose to 26.0 in August from 25.0 in July. Households' judgment...

Japan's supermarket sales remained flat in July, the Japan Chain Stores Association reported Tuesday. Supermarket sales showed nil growth in July. Before store adjustment, supermarket sales slid 0.1 percent. On a monthly basis, supermarket sales advanced 6.2 percent in July.

Norway's consumer sentiment improved in the third quarter, survey results from Finance Norway and Kantar TNS showed Tuesday. The consumer sentiment index rose to 16.2 in the third quarter from revised 12.6 in the previous quarter. Among components, assessment about own economic situation weakened...

EEP5-091614_22Aug17.jpg Economic confidence from Germany and public sector finance from the UK are due on Tuesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Australia's consumer confidence weakened for the third straight time during the week ended August 20, a weekly survey compiled by the ANZ bank and Roy Morgan Research showed Tuesday. The consumer confidence index fell to 109.2 from 111.7 in the preceding week. The fall in sentiment was broad based,...

Hong Kong will on Tuesday release July figures for consumer prices, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Inflation was up 1.9 percent on year in June. The central bank on Indonesia will wrap up its monetary policy meeting on Tuesday and then announce its decision on interest...

After rising during the morning, boosted by the iron ore appreciation abroad, the Ibovespa reversed its course and closed slightly down (-0.11%), at 68,634.64 points on Monday. The benchmark stock index in Brazil was affected by investors' concerns about the fiscal issue and the complaint filed by...

Brazil's Minister of Planning, Dyogo Oliveira, denied rumors on an alleged decision to reduce the next year's minimum wage adjustment in the country. In a video released on social networks, Oliveira clarified that the value of the minimum wage in 2018 would be only known after the 2017's official inflation...

The median forecast for Brazil's consumer price inflation in 2017 was raised for the fifth week in a row, to 3.51%, from 3.50% last week, according to economists surveyed by the central bank. For 2018, the median forecast remained at 4.20% for the fifth consecutive week. For the next 12 months, meanwhile,...

Economists surveyed by the Brazilian central bank kept unchanged their forecasts for economic growth in 2017 at 0.34% for the sixth week in a row. For 2018, the median forecast for GDP growth remained at 2.00% for the seventh week in a row. Projections for Brazil's debt-to-GDP ratio in 2017 was raised...

Economists polled by the Brazilian central bank kept unchanged their estimates for the country's benchmark interest rate (Selic) by year-end and for 2018 at 7.50%, both for the second week in a row. Meanwhile, average interest rate estimates for 2017 remained at 9.91%. For 2018, the forecast for the...

Belgium's consumer confidence remained unchanged at a record high in August as households' expectations regarding the economy and the unemployment situation continued to improve, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Monday. The consumer confidence index showed a score of 2 for August,...

Thailand's economy is likely to continue its strong growth momentum in the coming quarters, underpinned by strong external demand and loose monetary and fiscal policy, despite an uncertain political outlook, Gareth Leather, an economist at Capital Economics, said. Official data released on Monday...

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