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South Africa's leading index strengthened for the seventh successive month in February, data from the South African Reserve Bank showed Tuesday. The composite leading indicator rose by 1.1 percent monthly to 98.0 in February from 96.9 in January. On an annual basis, the index climbed at a faster...

Sweden's unemployment rate decreased more-than-expected in March, after rising in the previous three months, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Tuesday. The jobless rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March from 7.4 percent in February, which was the highest rate since June 2016. Economists had expected...

Uncertainty about the future measures of the Trump administration is particularly worrying and the problems from Brexit may be underestimated as of now, both posing political risks for the European economy, European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said. "One of our interlocutors in Washington...

Spain's producer price inflation slowed to a three-month low in March, data from the statistical office INE showed Tuesday. Producer prices advanced 6 percent year-on-year in March, but slower than the 7.4 percent rise in February. Meanwhile, excluding energy, producer price inflation rose to 2.8...

Austria's production index increased in February from a year ago, figures from Statistics Austria showed Tuesday. The production index that combines output of both industry and construction, rose 3.1 percent year-over-year in February. Construction production expanded 4.9 percent annually in February...

Denmark's retail sales increased for the third straight month in March, preliminary figures from Statistics Denmark showed Tuesday. Retail sales climbed 0.3 percent month-over-month in March, following a 0.1 percent slight rise in February. Sales of clothing and related goods grew 0.8 percent annually...

French manufacturing sentiment strengthened to a near six-year high in April, survey results from the statistical office Insee showed Tuesday. The manufacturing confidence index rose 3 points to 108 in April, the highest since June 2011. The score was forecast to remain unchanged at 105.0. The...

The total value of new orders received by the German construction industry increased in February, figures from Destatis showed Tuesday. The seasonally, working-day and price-adjusted orders in construction climbed 2.0 percent month-over-month in February. On an annual basis, construction orders...

EEP21-011515_25Apr17.jpg Public sector finances data from the UK is due on Tuesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

South Korea's consumer confidence strengthened further in April to the highest level in six months, survey data from Bank of Korea showed Tuesday. The consumer sentiment climbed to 101.2 in April from 96.7 in March. In February, the score was 94.4. Moreover, the latest reading was the highest since...

A leading indicator of economic activity in China increased at a slower rate in March, the results of a survey by the Conference Board showed Monday. The Conference Board leading economic indicator for China climbed 0.9 percent month-over-month in March, following a 1.3 percent rise in February. Similarly,...

Corporate service prices in Japan were up 0.8 percent on year in March, the Bank of Japan said on Tuesday. That was unchanged from the February reading and in line with expectations. On a monthly basis, prices were up 0.6 percent after rising 0.3 percent in February. For the first quarter of...

Japan will on Tuesday release March figures for producer prices, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Producer prices are expected to rise 0.8 percent on year, unchanged from the previous month's reading. Hong Kong will see March numbers for imports, exports and trade balance....

Although it is a relief that Emmanuel Macron is looking like France's next leader, his likely election win still carries a stale aftertaste, Jorg Kramer, chief economist at Commerzbank, said Monday. In the first round of presidential election on Sunday, the independent candidate Macron won 23.9 percent...

Germany's potential economic growth is likely to slow through 2025 as the workforce is set to contract despite high immigration, Bundesbank said in its monthly report on Monday. The central bank estimates the work force to decline by 2.5 million through the middle of the next decade. The bank...

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