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Latvia's unemployment rate increased marginally in the three months ended March, figures from the Central Statistical Bureau showed Tuesday. The jobless rate edged up to 8.2 percent in the first quarter from 8.1 percent in the fourth quarter. In the corresponding period of 2017, the unemployment...

Taiwan's unemployment rate increased marginally in April, in line with expectations, the Directorate General of Budget Accounting and Statistics, or DGBAS, reported Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate edged up to 3.69 percent in April from 3.67 percent in March. In the corresponding month...

australia-crypto-scam-052118.jpg Australians lost nearly A$2.1 million in crypto scams in 2017, as the popularity of cryptocurrencies peaked in the final quarter of the year. Cryptocurrency prices surged in the final quarter of 2017, with Bitcoin hitting a high of around US$20,000.

The UK budget deficit narrowed in April, the Office for National Statistics reported Tuesday. Public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks, decreased GBP 1.6 billion to GBP 7.8 billion in April. This was the lowest April net borrowing since 2008. The expected level was GBP 8.5 billion....

Sweden's unemployment rate increased unexpectedly in April, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Tuesday. The jobless rate rose to 6.8 percent in April from 6.5 percent in March. Meanwhile, economists had expected the rate to fall to 6.1 percent. In the corresponding month last year, the unemployment...

South Africa's leading index decreased in March after improving in the previous three months, data from the South African Reserve Bank showed Tuesday. The composite leading index fell to 107.4 in March from 108.3 in February. Out of the nine components, five contributed negatively to the headline...

economic-preview-052218.jpg Public sector finance data from the UK is due on Tuesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 3.30 am ET, Statistics Sweden publishes unemployment data for April. The jobless rate is seen at 6.1 percent versus 6.2 percent in March.

Japan's supermarket sales dropped in April from a year ago, preliminary data from the Chain Store Association showed Tuesday. Supermarket sales, after store adjustment, decreased 1.2 percent year-over-year in April. Before adjustment, sales fell 0.3 percent. On a monthly basis, supermarket sales edged up 0.1 percent.

Australia's consumer confidence improved for the sixth straight time during the week ended May 20, a weekly survey compiled by the ANZ bank and Roy Morgan Research showed Tuesday. The consumer confidence index rose to 121.6 from 120.8 in the preceding week. "That rise comes despite elevated petrol...

Ibovespa, the benchmark stock market index in Brazil, fell for the third straight session, dropping 1.52% Monday to 81,815.32 points - the lowest closing level since February 9 - as investors turn cautious before a potential downward revision to the official GDP growth estimate and amid a hazy electoral...

After rising in eight consecutive sessions, Merval, the benchmark stock market index in Argentina, ended 0.74% lower Monday at 31.632 points, hit by profit-taking, with all of the index constituents posting price losses. According to Eduardo Fernandez from Rava Bursatil, the trading volume was low,...

Colcap, the benchmark stock market index in Colombia, fell for the fourth straight session on Monday, sliding 0.25% to 1.516 points - the lowest closing level since April 5. Investors continued to take profits in emerging markets in spite of an improvement in market sentiment in the United States, according...

The one-day interbank deposit futures rates (DI rates) in Brazil ended lower, weighed by a stronger real and as traders turned cautious before the release of the latest monetary policy meeting minutes, scheduled for Tuesday morning. Investors are also keeping an eye out for a potential Brazilian Treasury...

Japan will on Tuesday release April figures for supermarket sales, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In March, supermarket sales eased 0.1 percent on year. Also on Tuesday, the tock markets in South Korea and Hong Kong are closed in observance of the Buddha's Birthday...

Ciro Gomes, the only Brazilian presidential candidate to show increasing popularity among voters in a recent survey, said that he could reinstate a tax on financial transactions - the so-called CPMF - but only to large operations. During an interview to Folha, Uol, and SBT, three media firms from...

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