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Lithuania's retail sales growth eased for the second straight month in June, preliminary figures from the Department of Statistics showed Monday. Retail sales excluding VAT rose 3.4 percent year-on-year in June, slower than May's 4.1 percent increase, which was revised up from 3.9 percent. In April,...

U.K. house prices increased at a slower rate in June, data from the Land Registry showed Monday. House prices rose 6.4 percent year-over-year in June following the 6.7 percent increase in May. The average house price in England and Wales was at GBP 172,011, down from its peak of GBP 181,466 hit in...

Italy's business confidence unexpectedly fell in July, as new order expectations declined, results of a survey conducted by the statistical office Istat showed Monday. The business confidence index for manufacturing firms dropped to 99.7 in July from a revised 99.9 in June. Economists had expected...

Taiwan's leading index declined for the second straight month in June, but the business indicators suggested steady growth in the domestic economy, figures from the National Development Council showed Monday. The composite leading index, which measures the perceptions on future economic conditions,...

Thailand's trade balance posted a surplus in June as exports recovered after declining for three straight months, data from Commerce Ministry showed Monday. The trade surplus totaled $1.79 billion in June compared to a shortfall of $809 million in May. Exports advanced 3.9 percent in June from...

Slovakia's producer prices continued to decline in June, figures from the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic showed Monday. The producer price index in the industrial sector fell 3.4 percent year-on-year in June, largely unchanged from May's 3.3 percent fall. Prices fell for the sixteenth consecutive...

Finland's business confidence remained stable in July, results of a survey by the Confederation of Finnish Industries, or EK, showed Monday. The indicator for business confidence remained unchanged at -9 in July, less than its long-term average of 2. The score for June was revised from -8. While...

Finland's consumer confidence improved slightly in July to mark its highest level in six months, after holding steady in the previous month, survey figures from Statistics Finland showed Monday. The consumer confidence index rose to 9.4 in July from 8.7 in June. It was the highest score since January...

Italian business sentiment and U.K house prices are amongst the handful of economic data scheduled for release on Monday. At 4 am ET, Italian statistical office ISTAT is scheduled to release its business sentiment report. The business sentiment index is expected to edge up to 100.2 in July from 100...

British homebuyers' confidence deteriorated in the second quarter, a survey from mortgage lender Halifax showed Monday. The balance of people who believe now is 'a good time to buy' fell to 5 from 34 in the previous quarter. This was the largest fall since April 2011. Meanwhile, about 57 percent...

Profits of Chinese industrial firms increased at an accelerated pace in June, a report from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Sunday. Industrial profit rose 17.9 percent year-over-year in June, following the 9 percent increase in May. Total industrial profit in the January to June period...

Thailand will on Monday release June figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In May, imports were worth $17.64 billion and exports were at $19.27 billion for a trade surplus of $1.63 billion. Finally, several of the regional bourses...

Mexico's foreign trade surplus for June decreased from a year ago, as exports increased less than imports, figures from the statistical office INEGI showed Friday. The trade surplus fell to $423.7 million from $920.1 million in the same month last year. Economists had forecast a smaller decline in...

DurableGoodsOrders-072514.jpg After reporting an unexpected drop in new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing that durable goods orders rebounded by more than expected in the month of June.

Belgium's business confidence deteriorated more-than-expected in July, after improving in the previous month, mainly due to revision in demand forecasts, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Friday. The business confidence index dropped to -7.5 from June's -6.2. Economists had expected...