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Norway's unemployment rate came in at 3.3 percent in June, the labor force survey from Statistics Norway showed Wednesday. The expected rate for June was 3.2 percent. Nonetheless, the jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points or 2,000 persons from March. But it remained within in the error margin....

Finland's business confidence improved in August, survey results from the Confederation of Finnish Industries showed Wednesday. The business confidence index rose by 2 points to -8 in August from a revised -10 points in the previous month. But the index still remains well below its long-term average...

Confidence among business managers in the main sectors in France declined unexpectedly in August, survey data from the statistical office INSEE showed Wednesday. The overall business confidence index fell to 91 in August from 93 in July. Economists had expected the index to remain stable at 93. The...

Finland's consumer confidence worsened notably in August to reach its lowest level since late 2012, after reaching a six-month high in the previous month, figures from Statistics Finland showed Wednesday. The consumer confidence index fell to 2.2 in August from 9.4 in July. The latest score was the...

Switzerland's consumption indicator declined in July after reaching its six-year high in the previous month, data released by the UBS revealed Wednesday. The UBS consumption index fell to 1.66 in July from 2.07 in June. The score for June was revised marginally from 2.06 points. Among the five...

Germany's import prices declined at a faster rate in July, more than the consensus estimate, a report from the statistical office Destatis showed Wednesday. The import price index fell 1.7 percent year-over-year in July following the 1.2 percent drop in June. Economists had expected a 1.4 percent...

German consumer sentiment is set to drop in September, according to a survey conducted by the market research group GfK. The forward-looking consumer confidence index fell to 8.6 from a revised score of 8.9 in August, data showed Wednesday. The index was expected to drop marginally to 8.9 from August's...

GfK's consumer confidence report for Germany and French business sentiment figures are some of the economic data scheduled for release on Wednesday. At 2 am ET, Market research group GfK is due to release the results of its consumer confidence survey for Germany. The forward looking consumer sentiment...

Kiwi dairy giant Fonterra maintained its forecast for farmer payouts for the 2014/15 season, a released from the company revealed Wednesday. The 2014/15 Farmgate Milk Price forecast was retained at NZ$6.00 per KgMS. With the previously estimated dividend range of 20-25 cents per share, the cash payout...

The value of construction work done in Australia in the second quarter of 2014 was down a seasonally adjusted 1.2 percent on quarter, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday, standing at A$51.926 billion. That was well shy of forecasts for a contraction of 0.5 percent following the downwardly...

China's consumer sentiment decreased in August, results of a survey by MNI and Westpac showed Wednesday. The Westpac-MNI consumer sentiment index fell to 113.3 in August from 114.8 in July. In June, the index was at 112.6.

NewZealandcpi-071510.jpg Food prices in New Zealand dipped 0.7 percent on month in July, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday. That was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.7 percent and down sharply from the 1.4 percent gain in June. Prices also were up 0.6 percent in May. "There were lower prices for meat in...

Food prices in New Zealand were down 0.7 percent on month in July, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday. That was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.7 percent and down sharply from the 1.4 percent gain in June. The fall in meat, poultry, and fish prices (down 2.2 percent) reflects lower...

An index measuring consumer confidence in South Korea was up in August, the Bank of Korea said on Wednesday, coming in with a score of 107.0 - up from 105.0 in July. Consumer sentiment on current living standards was one point higher than in the previous month at 92, while that for their outlook remained...

New Zealand will on Wednesday release July numbers for food prices, headlining a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Food prices were up 1.4 percent on month in June. Australia will release Q2 figures for construction work done, with analysts expecting a decline of 0.5 percent following...