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Spain's retail sales growth accelerated unexpectedly in April, figures from the statistical office INE showed Thursday. Retail sales climbed a seasonally and calender-adjusted 4.0 percent year-over-year in April, faster than March's 3.2 percent hike. Economists had expected the growth to ease to 2.6...

Spain's economic growth accelerated as estimated in the first quarter, the statistical office INE said Thursday. Gross domestic product grew 0.9 percent quarter-on-quarter, faster than the 0.7 percent expansion seen in the fourth quarter. The sequential growth matched the preliminary estimate published...

Switzerland's watch exports in April declined from a year ago, after a good showing in March, dragged by a marked fall in demand for precious metal watches, particularly gold, a report by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH showed Thursday. Total watch exports declined 0.8 percent year-on-year...

Hungary's unemployment rate dropped as expected in the three-month period to April, figures from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed Thursday. The unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent in the February to April period from 7.8 percent in the January to March period. The figure was also...

U.K. car production declined in April despite stronger growth in domestic demand, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reportedly said Thursday. Production dropped 3.8 percent year-on-year to 128,312 units in April. Domestic sales logged a double-digit growth of 11.1 percent, while...

Switzerland's foreign trade surplus increased in April, as imports fell faster than exports, figures from the Swiss Federal Customs Administration showed Thursday. The trade surplus rose to CHF 2.9 billion in April from CHF 2.5 billion in the preceding month. In February, the surplus was CHF 2.3 billion. Exports...

Germany's import prices continued to fall in April but at a slower than expected pace, data from Destatis revealed Thursday. Import prices fell 0.6 percent year-on-year in April, slower than the expected decrease of 0.7 percent and 1.4 percent decline seen in March. The pace of decline has slowed...

Estonia's construction production declined in the first quarter from a year ago, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Thursday. Total production of Estonian construction enterprises in Estonia and foreign countries fell 3.0 percent year-over-year in the three months ended March. The volume of...

EEP18-011515_28May15.jpg Economic confidence from Eurozone and revised quarterly national accounts from the U.K. are the major reports due on Thursday.

philippinesGDP-052815.jpg The Philippine economy grew at a less-than-expected rate in the first quarter of 2015, figures from the National Statistical Coordination Board showed Thursday. Sequentially, the country's GDP growth slowed to a 6-year low.

The Philippines' gross domestic product expanded at just 5.2 percent on year in the first quarter of 2015, the Philippines Statistics Authority said on Thursday. That was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 6.6 percent, and down sharply from 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. It also...

trade.jpg Private capital expenditure in Australia contracted a seasonally adjusted 4.4 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - coming in at A$35.895 billion. That missed expectations for a decline of 2.2 percent, which would have been unchanged...

Private capital expenditure in Australia was down a seasonally adjusted 4.4 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - coming in at A$35.895 billion. That missed expectations for a decline of 2.2 percent, which would have been unchanged...

japantrade-042110.jpg Retail sales in Japan advanced 5.0 percent on year in April, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Thursday - coming in at 11.562 trillion yen. That was shy of forecasts for an increase of 5.5 percent following the 9.7 percent contraction in March. Sales from large retailers advanced...

Retail sales in Japan climbed 5.0 percent on year in April, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Thursday - coming in at 11.562 trillion yen. That was shy of forecasts for an increase of 5.5 percent following the 9.7 percent contraction in March. Sales from large retailers advanced...

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