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Estonia's construction prices took a downturn in the first quarter after three years of growth, Statistics Estonia said Monday. Construction prices edged down 0.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013. Compared to the previous year, construction prices advanced 2.3 percent. The construction...

Estonia's producer price index continued to fall in March, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Monday. The producer price index declined 2.6 percent year-on-year in March, following 0.9 percent drop in February. Within PPI, prices of electricity, gas and air conditioning supply plunged 20.3...

Japan's corporate loan demand decreased in the first quarter for the first time in three quarters, the latest Senior Loan Officer Opinion survey from the Bank of Japan showed Monday. The balance of demand for loans from firms fell to 5 from 8 in the previous survey period. Loan officers cited the...

Italy's government lowered tax on low income earners so as to boost household income and domestic demand. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday said the reduction will help about 10 million tax payers. He said the move will reduce taxes by around EUR 80 per month, starting May, for people earning...

Slovenia's output prices continued to decline in March, figures from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia showed Friday. Output prices fell 0.9 percent year-on-year in March, after a 1 percent decline in February. Prices have been falling since September last year. Domestic market...

Italy's hourly wages remained flat in March from February, the statistical office Istat said Friday. The wage growth slowed to 0.1 percent in February from 0.6 percent in January. On a yearly basis, hourly wages rose 1.4 percent for the third consecutive month in March. Consequently, during January...

The Conference Board's leading economic index for France declined in February, after increasing in the previous four months, data showed Friday. The recent behavior of the composite indexes suggests that France's economy is likely to moderately improve through the first half of 2014, the Conference...

Italy's industrial orders declined for a second time in three months in February, data from the statistical office Istat showed Friday. Industrial orders dropped 3.1 percent from a month ago as both domestic and foreign demand deteriorated in February. The decline reversed January's revised 4.7 percent...

Dutch consumer confidence improved for the seventh consecutive month in April, as households remained positive regarding the economic situation, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Friday. The consumer confidence rose to -5 from -7 in March, in line with expectations of economists. The...

Chile central bank maintained its key rate late Thursday as inflation accelerated after lowering the interest rates over the last few months. The Board of the Central Bank of Chile decided to hold the key rate at 4 percent. The bank has lowered the rate by 100 basis points since last October. The...

Employee wages in Hungary grew at a faster rate in February, figures from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed Friday. Gross earnings in forint rose 1.7 percent year-on-year, following a 0.9 percent gain in January. Excluding the family tax benefit, net earnings rose 1.7 percent annually...

House prices increased in almost all major Chinese cities in March despite tightening controls on speculative transactions and lending, data compiled by the National Bureau of Statistics revealed Friday. Prices increased in 69 of the 70 cities surveyed by the statistical office in March. Wenzhou was...

U.K. households' sentiment on current and future house prices reached a record high in April, survey data from Knight Frank and Markit Economics showed Friday. The house price sentiment index rose to 62.7 from 61.5 in March. Any reading above 50 indicates prices are rising. This was the thirteenth...

An index measuring tertiary industrial activity in Japan was down a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent on month in February, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday - standing at 100.6. That was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 0.2 percent following the 0.9 percent jump in...

Japan will on Friday see February numbers for its tertiary industry index, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific activity. In January, the index was up 0.9 percent on month. Also, many of the regional bourses are closed in observance of Good Friday, including Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand,...