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Profits gained by Chinese industrial enterprises declined in the first three months of the year, figures from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Monday. Industrial profits dropped 2.7 percent year-over-year in the January to March period to CNY 1.25 trillion. In the first two months of the year,...

The stock markets in New Zealand are closed on Monday in observance of Anzac Day, marking the only item in Asia-Pacific economic activity for the day. The markets will re-open on Tuesday.

A measure of France's future economic activity rose for a second straight month in February, signaling a continuation of recovery in coming months, survey results from the Conference Board showed Friday. The Conference Board Leading Index for France climbed 0.2 percent to 111 from 110.8 January,...

Spain's measure of future economic activity climbed at a faster rate in February, extending the rising trend into a sixth month, survey figures from the Conference Board showed Friday. The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for Spain rose 0.6 percent to 102.8 from 102.2 in January, when the...

Mexico retail sales grew more-than-expected in February and at the fastest pace in four months, figures from the statistical office INEGI showed Friday. Retail sales rose 5.6 percent year-on-year following a 4.7 percent growth in January. Economists had expected 4.5 percent gain. The latest sales...

Belgium's business confidence rose slightly in April, extending the rising trend to a third month, but dampened expectations for a strong improvement, survey results from the National Bank of Belgium showed Friday. The business confidence indicator climbed to -6.2 from -6.3 in March. Economists had...

DurableGoodsOrders-042415.jpg New orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods increased by much more than expected in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday, although the jump was primarily due to strength in the volatile transportation sector.

New orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods increased by much more than expected in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday, although the jump was primarily due to strength in the volatile transportation sector.

Eurogroup Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Friday there were still wide differences to cover and to bridge with Greek authorities and funds will not be disbursed without a comprehensive deal. "Time is running out," he told at the press conference following the meeting. Too much time has been lost...

Greek banks can avail emergency liquidity as long as they remain solvent, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Friday. However, Draghi pointed out that higher yields caused by the lingering uncertainty were eroding the value of the collateral banks offer in return for loans. "The...

Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan said the negative interest will not become the 'new normal' and the economy will overcome its challenges. He reiterated that the Swiss franc is significantly overvalued and presents major difficulties for the economy. "A correction of this overvaluation...

GermanBusinessConfidence-042415.jpg German business confidence strengthened for the sixth straight month to a 10-month high in April reflecting the continuing upswing in the economy, but firms turned less optimistic about the business outlook. The business confidence index rose more-than-expected to 108.6 in April from 107.9 in March, the results of a survey by Munich-based Ifo Institute showed Friday.

Slovenia's economic sentiment index dropped for the first time in five months in April, final figures from the Statistical office of the Republic of Slovenia showed Friday. The seasonally adjusted economic sentiment index, which combines both business tendencies and consumer surveys, fell by 0.4 percentage...

Poland's retail sales increased notably in March, following a decline in the previous month, figures from the statistical office showed Friday. Retail sales at current prices climbed 3.0 percent year-over-year in March, reversing a 1.3 percent decrease in February. In January, sales had risen 0.1...

Poland's jobless rate declined as expected in March, after remaining stable in the previous month, figures from the statistical office showed Friday. The registered jobless rate fell to 11.7 percent in March from 12.0 percent in February. The figure was also matched with economists's expectations....

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