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Many policy makers on the Federal Reserve back an interest rate hike 'fairly soon' if economy stays on course or strengthens, according to the minutes of the central bank's most recent meeting. However, a number of Fed members said they want the central bank to go slow on raising rates, given uncertainties...

eistinghmesales-022217.jpg After reporting a drop in U.S. existing home sales in the previous month, the National Association of Realtors released a report on Wednesday showing that existing home sales rebounded by more than expected in the month of January. NAR said existing home sales surged up by 3.3 percent to an annual rate of 5.69 million.

GermanBusiness-022217.jpg German business confidence unexpectedly improved in February on an upbeat assessment of the current economic situation and greater optimism for the future, adding to evidence that suggests growth is gaining momentum in the biggest euro area economy.

UK-GDP-022217.jpg The UK economy expanded more than initially estimated in the fourth quarter of 2016 on manufacturing activity, but the overall growth for the year slowed down due to weak stock-building. Gross domestic product advanced 0.7 percent sequentially in the fourth quarter, slightly faster than the 0.6 percent growth estimated on January 26.

Brazil's consumer confidence strengthened further in February to the highest level in more than two years, figures from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, or FGV showed Wednesday. The consumer confidence index rose by 2.5 points to 81.8 in February from 79.3 in the previous month. Moreover, this was...

Ireland's factory gate prices climbed for the second straight month in January, figures from the Central Statistics Office showed Wednesday. The manufacturing industries output price index, excluding VAT, rose 1.6 percent annually in January, faster than the 1.3 percent climb in December. The year-on-year...

Malta's EU measure of inflation accelerated in January to the highest level in more than one year, figures from the National Institute of Statistics showed Wednesday. The harmonized index of consumer prices, or HICP, rose 1.4 percent year-over-year in January, faster than the 1.0 percent climb in...

Eurozone inflation accelerated as estimated in January, final figures from Eurostat showed Wednesday. Inflation rose to 1.8 percent in January from 1.1 percent in December. The annual rate came in line with the flash estimate released on January 31. A similar inflation figure was previously seen...

The UK economy expanded more than initially estimated in the fourth quarter, the second estimate from the Office for National Statistics showed Wednesday. Gross domestic product advanced 0.7 percent sequentially in the fourth quarter, slightly faster than the 0.6 percent growth estimated on January...

Italy's consumer price inflation accelerated more than initially estimated in January, latest figures from the statistical office Istat showed Wednesday. The consumer price index climbed 1.0 percent year-over-year in January instead of a 0.9 percent rise reported earlier. This was followed by a 0.5...

Economic expectations of the Swiss financial market experts strengthened for a sixth straight month to its highest level in eight months, survey data from the Credit Suisse and the CFA Society Switzerland showed Wednesday. The index reflecting financial market analysts' economic expectations for the...

German business sentiment improved unexpectedly in February, reports said citing survey data from Ifo institute on Wednesday. The business sentiment index rose to 111.0 in February, while economists forecast the score to fall to 109.6 from 109.8 in January. Likewise, the current conditions indicator...

The Bank of Japan is unlikely to lower the rates further into negative territory, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday. However, the bank is ready to adjust its policy if needed to achieve its 2 percent price stability target, he told parliament. At the meeting in January, the BoJ had kept...

Slovakia's EU measure of inflation increased for the second straight month in January, data from the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic showed Wednesday. The harmonized index of consumer prices, or HICP, climbed 0.9 percent year-over-year in January, faster than the 0.2 percent rise in December,...

Austria's consumer price inflation accelerated further in January to the highest level in three-and-a-half years, figures from Statistics Austria showed Wednesday. The consumer price index climbed 2.0 percent year-over-year in January, faster than December's 1.4 percent rise. Moreover, this marked...

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