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Danish consumer confidence improved in October after easing sharply in the previous month, Statistics Denmark said Thursday. The consumer confidence index climbed to 8.2 from 7.1 in September. In August, the score was 11.4 percent. Households' view on their current as well as future economic situation...

Germany's private sector growth improved marginally in October, flash survey data from Markit Economics showed Thursday. The composite output index rose to 54.3 in October from 54.1 in September. The private sector extended the current sequence of output growth to a year-and-a-half. Manufacturing...

Spain's unemployment rate for the third quarter declined more-than-expected from the previous three months, marking its lowest level in nearly three years, figures from the statistical office INE showed Thursday. The jobless rate dropped to 23.67 percent from 24.47 percent in the second quarter....

The French private sector contracted at the sharpest rate in eight months in October, flash survey data from Markit Economics showed Thursday. The composite output index fell to 48 in October from 48.4 in September. This was the lowest reading since February, albeit indicative of a moderate rate...

French business confidence held steady in October after easing in the previous five months, data from the statistical office INSEE showed Thursday. The business confidence indicator remained at 91, unchanged from September. Separately, the agency announced that the business confidence index for...

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens said the banking industry should build a payments infrastructure that is efficient, open to competition and that will support innovation into the future. The New Payments Platform can be expected to lead to further growth in electronic payments and...

EconomisPreview-102314.jpg Flash Purchasing Managers' survey data from Eurozone and retail sales from the U.K. are due on Thursday, headlining a busy day for the European economic news.

Singapore inflation slowed for the fourth consecutive month to a 7-month low in September, on account of decreases in accommodation and road transport cost. Inflation eased to 0.6 percent from 0.9 percent in August, figures from the Ministry of Trade and Industry showed Thursday. This was the lowest...

U.K. car production declined in September due to a planned re-tooling for model changes, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said Thursday. However, car manufacturing recorded its best year-to-date performance since 2008, the industry body said. Output totaling 137,068 units in September...

china1-230913.jpg China's manufacturing sector continued to expand at a slightly accelerated pace in October, the latest survey from HSBC Bank revealed in Thursday's preliminary reading with a PMI score of 50.4. Now at a three-month high, the October score is up marginally from 50.2 in September. A score above 50...

japanindustry-032910.jpg Japan's manufacturing sector continued to expand at an accelerated pace in October, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed in Thursday's preliminary reading with a PMI score of 52.8. That follows the reading of 51.7 in September. A score above 50 signals expansion in a sector, while a...

China's manufacturing sector continued to expand in October, the latest survey from HSBC Bank revealed in Thursday's preliminary reading with a PMI score of 50.4. Now at a three-month high, the October score is up marginally from 50.2 in September. A score above 50 signals expansion in a sector,...

Japan's manufacturing sector expanded at an accelerated pace in October, the latest survey from Markit Economics revealed in Thursday's preliminary reading with a PMI score of 52.8. That follows the reading of 51.7 in September. A score above 50 signals expansion in a sector, while a reading below...

Business confidence in Australia was roughly unchanged in the third quarter of 2014, the latest survey from National Australia Bank revealed on Thursday, with a score of +6 - unchanged from the previous three months. The index for business conditions moved up to +3 from +1 in the second quarter, while...

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg Consumer prices in New Zealand advanced 0.3 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2014, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday. That was below expectations for an increase of 0.5 percent, although it did mark the third straight quarter at 0.3 percent growth. "Higher housing-related prices...