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Slovakia's EU measure of inflation dropped for a second consecutive month in March, figures from the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic showed Wednesday. The harmonized index of consumer prices dropped 0.2 percent year-on-year in March, after a 0.1 percent drop in February. In January, the...

Czech producer prices continued to decline in March due to the ongoing weakness in energy prices, data from the Czech Statistical Office showed Wednesday. Producer prices dropped by a more-than-expected 0.8 percent year-on-year in March, after easing 0.7 percent each in February and January. Economists...

EuropeanEconomicsPreview-041614.jpg Unemployment figures from the U.K. and final inflation from euro area are due on Wednesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Japan's industrial production declined as estimated in February, final data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry showed Wednesday. Industrial production was down 2.3 percent month-on-month in February, in line with preliminary estimate. On a yearly basis, output plunged 7 percent. The...

chinatrade-041111.jpg China's gross domestic product gained 7.4 percent on year in the first quarter of 2014, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That topped expectations for 7.3 percent following the 7.7 percent gain in the previous three months. Among the sub-industries, primary industry added 3.5 percent on year, while secondary industry jumped 7.3 percent and tertiary industry climbed 7.8 percent.

China's gross domestic product expanded 7.4 percent on year in the first quarter of 2014, the government said on Wednesday. That topped expectations for 7.3 percent following the 7.7 percent gain in the previous three months. On a seasonally adjusted quarterly basis, GDP added 1.4 percent - shy...

A leading index for Australia's economy was basically unchanged in March, the latest survey from Westpac Bank and the Melbourne Institute revealed on Wednesday - showing a score of 98.38. That's barely lower than the 98.41 in February, which saw a 0.1 percent contraction. The index also remains below...

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg Consumer prices in New Zealand gained 0.3 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2014, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday. That was shy of forecasts for 0.5 percent, and it accelerated from the 0.1 percent gain in the previous three months. Cigarette and tobacco prices were responsible...

Consumer prices in New Zealand were up 0.3 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2014, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday. That was shy of forecasts for 0.5 percent, and it accelerated from the 0.1 percent gain in the previous three months. Cigarette and tobacco prices were responsible...

China is scheduled to release a raft of data on Wednesday, highlighting a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. On tap are Q1 numbers for GDP, as well as March data for industrial production, retail sales and fixed asset investment. Gross domestic product is expected to rise 7.3 percent on...

NAHBindex-041514.jpg Homebuilder confidence in the U.S. has seen a modest improvement in the month of April, according to a report released by the National Association of Home Builders on Tuesday. The report showed that the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index edged up to 47 in April from a downwardly revised 46 in March.

Homebuilder confidence in the U.S. has seen a modest improvement in the month of April, according to a report released by the National Association of Home Builders on Tuesday.

EmpireStateSurvey-041514.jpg Business activity for New York manufacturers was roughly flat in the month of April, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said in a report on Tuesday, with the index of regional manufacturing activity showing an unexpected decrease. The New York Fed said its general business conditions index dropped to 1.3 in April from 5.6 in March, although a positive reading indicates growth.

CPIChart-041514.jpg Consumer prices in the U.S. rose by slightly more than expected in the month of March, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Tuesday, with the growth largely reflecting higher prices for food and shelter. The Labor Department said its consumer price index rose by 0.2 percent in March after inching up by 0.1 percent in each of the two previous months.

GermanZEW-041514.jpg Investor sentiment in Germany weakened for a fourth straight month in April as the effect of the Ukraine crisis continued to weigh, results of a key survey showed Tuesday. Meanwhile, a larger Eurozone trade surplus for February helped to slightly ease concerns regarding a strong euro.