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nahbindex-121817.jpg Partially reflecting new policies aimed at providing regulatory relief to the business community, the National Association of Home Builders released a report on Monday showing an unexpected jump in U.S. homebuilder confidence in the month of December. The report said the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market...

Belgium's consumer confidence eased for a second straight month in December to its lowest level in four months, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Monday. The consumer confidence index fell to 2 from 3 in November. The decline in the indicator was mainly due to a deterioration...

The Swiss National Bank is unlikely to change its monetary policy in the near future as the franc still remains highly valued, and is more likely to wait for the first ECB hike, Christoph Weil, an economist at Commerzbank, said. Despite the appreciation shock, the Swiss economy posted a solid growth...

UK manufacturing order books were close to a 30-year high in the fourth quarter, monthly Industrial Trends survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Monday. About 28 percent of manufacturers reported that total order books were above normal, and 11 percent said they were below normal,...

Malta's EU measure of inflation held steady in November after accelerating in the previous month, figures from the National Institute of Statistics showed Monday. The harmonized index of consumer prices, or HICP, climbed 1.5 percent year-over-year in November, the same rate of rise as in October....

Eurozone consumer price inflation rose slightly as estimated in November, final data from Eurostat showed Monday. Consumer prices advanced 1.5 percent year-on-year in November, following October's 1.4 percent increase. The rate came in line with the flash estimate published on November 30. Nonetheless,...

Italy's foreign trade surplus increased in October from a year ago, as exports grew faster than imports, figures from the statistical office Istat showed Monday. The trade surplus rose to EUR 4.95 billion in October from EUR 4.19 billion in the corresponding month last year. In September, the surplus...

Hong Kong's unemployment rate held steady in the three months ended November, the Census and Statistics Department reported Monday. The unemployment rate came in at 3.0 percent in the September to November period, the same rate as in the August to October period. The underemployment rate also remained...

Czech producer price inflation eased for the second straight month in November, figures from the Czech Statistical Office showed Monday. Industrial producer prices climbed 0.9 percent year-over-year in November, slower than the 1.1 percent increase in October. The measure has been rising since January. Among...

Austria's inflation increased marginally in November, figures from Statistics Austria showed Monday. Consumer price inflation rose to 2.3 percent in November from 2.2 percent in October. The increase was mainly due to significant growth in fuel prices. Fuel prices advanced 6.3 percent from a...

ScottMorrison-Australia-121817.jpg Australia's government downgraded its budget deficit projection on higher corporate tax, while weak wage growth is forecast to weigh on income tax. The budget deficit for the fiscal year to June 2018 is seen at A$23.6 billion compared to the previous estimate of A$29.4 billion, Treasurer Scott Morrison said in his mid-year economic and fiscal outlook.

House prices in majority of the Chinese cities increased in November, figures from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Monday. On a monthly basis, house prices climbed 50 cities out of 70 surveyed by the government. It fell in 10 cities and remained flat in 10 cities. The highest rise in house...

Final consumer price data from euro area is due on Monday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 3.00 am ET, Austria's consumer price data is due. In the meantime, the Czech Statistical Office is set to issue producer prices for November. At 4.00 am ET, Italy's Istat issues...

The squeeze on UK household finances softened slightly in October, data compiled each month by IHS Markit, using data collected by Ipsos MORI, showed Monday. The household finance index rose to 43.9 in December from 43.5 in November. A score below 50 suggests pessimism regrading finances among...

Japanese companies' inflation expectations increased in the fourth quarter, survey results from the Bank of Japan showed Monday. Companies forecast consumer prices to rise 0.8 percent in the year ahead compared to previous projection of 0.7 percent, the Tankan summary of "Inflation Outlook of Enterprises"...

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