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Germany's industrial production grew 0.6 percent in January from December, data from Destatis showed Friday. Economists had forecast an increase of 0.5 percent following December's 1 percent monthly growth. Excluding energy and construction, production remained at the level of the previous month....

South Africa's official gold and foreign exchange reserves decreased in February from the previous month, figures from South African Reserve Bank showed Friday. Gross reserves decreased to $47.19 billion in February from $47.61 billion in the previous month. Gold reserves fell to $4.868 billion...

Estonia's consumer prices continued to fall in February, but at a slower pace than from the previous month, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Friday. The consumer price index dropped 0.8 percent year-over-year n February, slower than January's 1.3 percent decline. The decline in February was...

EuropeanEconomicsPreview-030615.jpg Industrial production from Germany and revised quarterly national accounts from Eurozone are the major reports due on Friday. At 2.00 am ET, Germany's statistical office Destatis is scheduled to publish industrial output data for January. Economists forecast output to expand 0.5 percent on a monthly basis in January, following a 0.1 percent rise in December.

UK firms hired staff at the fastest rate in four months in February, results of a survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, or REC, and KPMG showed Friday. Permanent staff appointments continued to rise and the rate of increase was fastest since October 2014. Temporary staff appointments...

The leading index for Japan, which measures the future economic activity dropped unexpectedly in January, after rising in the previous month, preliminary figures from the Cabinet Office showed Friday. The leading index fell slightly to 105.1 in January from 105.3 in December. Economists had expected...

Malaysia's exports and imports decreased unexpectedly in January, preliminary figures from the Department of Statistics showed Friday. Exports fell 0.6 percent year-on-year in January, defying expectations for a 2.5 percent rise. Also, imports declined 5.3 percent, in contrast to the 1.5 percent increase...

Japan's official reserve assets dropped over the previous month in February, a report published by the Ministry of Finance revealed Friday. Total reserve assets decreased by $9.991 million month-on-month to $1,251.112 billion in February. The report said that foreign currency reserves totaled around...

The construction sector in Australia contracted at a faster pace in February, the latest survey from the Australian Industry Group showed on Friday, with a Performance of Construction Index score of 43.9. That's down significantly from 45.9 in January, and it moves further beneath the boom-or-bust...

Japan is on Friday scheduled to release preliminary January readings for its leading and coincident indexes, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The leading index is expected to see a score of 105.8, up marginally from 105.6 in December. The coincident is tipped to rise to...

manufacturing-030411_05Mar15.jpg New orders for U.S. manufactured goods unexpectedly saw a modest decrease in the month of January, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday. The report said factory orders edged down by 0.2 percent in January.

Draghi-030515.jpg The European Central Bank will commence its bond purchases under an historic $1.1 trillion quantitative easing plan next week and expects the impact from it stimulus measures to return inflation to the euro area next year.

kenya-030515.jpg The Kenyan economy is set on a course for sustained growth in the years ahead, amid the falling oil prices and its 'accommodative monetary policy' to make it one of the fastest-growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a report published by the World Bank.

NonFarmProductivity-030515.jpg With output rising by less than previously estimated, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that U.S. labor productivity in the fourth quarter fell by more than initially reported.

JOblessClaims-030515.jpg In a somewhat troubling sign for the labor market ahead of tomorrow's monthly jobs report, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing an unexpected increase in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended February 28th.

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