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Denmark's retail sales dropped for the second straight month in July, even as consumer sentiment kept improving in August, preliminary figures from Statistics Denmark showed Thursday. Retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent monthly in July, which was slower than June's revised 0.8 percent...

Germany's private sector growth slowed in August as contraction in manufacturing deepened further, flash data from Markit Economics showed Thursday. The composite output index dropped to 54.9 in August from 55.7 in July. The current sequence of continuous activity growth now stretches to 16 months. The...

Switzerland's broad money supply growth slowed for the second consecutive month in July, data from the Swiss National Bank showed Thursday. The M3 money supply rose 3.5 percent year-over-year in July following the 4.1 percent growth in June. In May, M3 grew 8.1 percent annually. The narrow measure...

French private sector output stabilized in August ending a three-month period of contraction, flash data from Markit Economics showed Thursday. The composite output index rose to 50 in August from 49.4 in July. The latest reading indicates neutral level of activity. The manufacturing Purchasing...

Switzerland's watch exports continued to grow in July, a report from the the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry showed Thursday. Total watch exports rose 2.2 percent year-over-year in value terms in July CHF to 2.1 billion. Wrist watch sales, accounting for the bulk of exports, saw a 0.8 percent...

Switzerland's trade surplus increased notably in July as imports declined sharply from June, data from the Federal Customs Administration showed Thursday. Despite a slowdown in exports, the trade surplus rose to CHF 3.98 billion in July from CHF 1.4 billion in June. Exports grew only 0.2 percent...

Japan's supermarket sales continued to fall in July, a report from the Chain Store Association showed Thursday. Supermarket sales after adjustment fell by a seasonally adjusted 2.1 percent year-over-year in July after posting a 2.8 percent drop in June. Before store adjustment, sales gained 0.8 percent...

Estonia's producer prices declined at a slower pace in July, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Thursday. The producer price index fell 0.4 percent year-on-year in July, much slower than June's 3.1 percent decline. Prices in the manufacturing sector dropped 0.4 percent annually in July and...

PMI reports from major european countries and U.K. retail sales are some of the notable economic data scheduled for release on Thursday. At 4 am ET, Markit Economics will release the preliminary results of its private sector activity survey for the eurozone. The flash composite PMI is expected to...

Credit card spending in New Zealand increased at a slower rate in July, figures from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand showed Thursday. Total credit card billing rose by a seasonally adjusted 4.5 percent year-over-year in July following the 6 percent rise in June. Billing on New Zealand-issued cards...

china1-230913.jpg The manufacturing sector in China continued to expand in August, although it slowed dramatically, the latest flash purchasing managers' index from HSBC revealed on Thursday - with a three-month low score of 50.3. That was well shy of forecasts for a score of 51.5 and down sharply from 51.7 in July. A...

Consumer confidence in New Zealand declined in August, reversing the increase in the recent months, the results of a survey by ANZ Bank and Roy Morgan Bank showed Thursday. The ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence index fell to 125.5 in August from 132.7 in July. The index measuring future household...

japanindustry-032910.jpg The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand at an accelerating pace in August, the latest flash purchasing managers' index from Markit Economics revealed on Thursday - with a score of 52.4. That handily beat forecasts for a score of 51.5 following the 50.5 reading in July. A score above...

The manufacturing sector in China continued to expand in August, although it slowed dramatically, the latest flash purchasing managers' index from HSBC revealed on Thursday - with a score of 50.3. That was well shy of forecasts for a score of 51.5 and down sharply from 51.7 in July. A score above...

The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand at an accelerating pace in August, the latest flash purchasing managers' index from Markit Economics revealed on Thursday - with a score of 52.4. That handily beat forecasts for a score of 51.5 following the 50.5 reading in July. A score above...