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Sweden's economic growth eased sharply in the first quarter, at a faster pace than expected, preliminary data from Statistics Sweden showed Tuesday. Gross domestic product grew a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent from the previous quarter. The quarterly growth for the final three months of 2016 was...

A measure signaling future turning points in the Swiss economy declined markedly in May after a modest easing in the previous month, survey results from the KOF Swiss Economic Institute showed Tuesday. The KOF leading indicator dropped to 101.6 from 106.3 in April, which was revised from 106. The...

Spain's inflation slowed to a five-month low in May, flash data from the statistical office INE showed Tuesday. Consumer prices advanced 1.9 percent year-on-year in May, slower than the 2.6 percent increase registered in April. This was the slowest since December 2016, when prices gained 1.6 percent. At...

French consumer confidence strengthened in May to the highest level in nearly ten years, while consumer spending rose for the first time in three months in April, figures from the statistical office Insee showed Tuesday. The consumer confidence index climbed to 102.0 in May from 100.0 in April. Moreover,...

The French economy expanded more than estimated in the first quarter, second estimate from the statistical office Insee showed Tuesday. Gross domestic product climbed 0.4 percent sequentially in the first quarter, slower than the 0.5 percent increase seen in the fourth quarter. However, the rate...

Dutch producer confidence weakened for the first time in six months in May to the lowest level in four months, figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Tuesday. The producer confidence index dropped to 6.1 in May from 8.3 in April, which was the highest score since February 2008. In...

Germany's import price inflation remained stable in April, figures from Destatis showed Tuesday. Import prices advanced 6.1 percent year-on-year in April, the same pace of growth as seen in March. Economists had forecast the annual rate to accelerate to 6.3 percent. Import prices had eased in...

Norway's retail sales increased for the fourth straight month in April, though slightly, figures from Statistics Norway showed Tuesday. Retail sales volume, excluding motor vehicles, rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent month-over-month in April, following a 0.1 percent gain in March. On an annual...

EEP22-011515_30May17.jpg Economic confidence from euro area and inflation figures from Germany are due on Tuesday, headlining a busy day for the European economic news.

Corrected fifth para Japan's unemployment rate remained unchanged at the lowest level since 1994 and retail sales advanced unexpectedly in April, official data showed Tuesday. The jobless rate held steady at 2.8 percent in April, the lowest since June 1994, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and...

The total number of building permits issued in New Zealand decreased for the second straight month in April, figures from Statistics New Zealand showed Tuesday. The number of new dwellings consented fell a seasonally adjusted 7.6 percent month-over-month in April, much faster than the 1.2 percent...

The total number of building approvals increased at a faster-than-expected pace in April, after declining sharply in the previous month, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed Tuesday. The seasonally-adjusted estimate for total dwellings approvals climbed 4.4 percent month-over-month...

The current very substantial degree of monetary accommodation is still needed for domestic price pressures to strengthen and stabilize around levels close to the European Central Bank's inflation goal of 2 percent, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Monday. The euro area economic outlook...

IndiaGDP-052917.jpg India's economy is set to grow at a steady pace in the March quarter of 2017 as the impact of demonetization has started to fade in many sectors. Gross domestic product is forecast to expand 7 percent in the March quarter, unchanged from the previous three months. The Central Statistics Office is slated to publish the data on May 31.

Iceland's inflation slowed in May after accelerating in April, Statistics Iceland reported Monday. Consumer prices climbed 1.7 percent annually, slower than the 1.9 percent increase seen in April. The consumer price index less housing cost dropped 0.41 percent from April and by 2.6 percent from...

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