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Japan will on Friday release March numbers for consumer prices, highlighting a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Overall nationwide CPI is expected to hold steady at 1.5 percent, while core inflation is tipped to rise to 1.4 percent from 1.3 percent in February. Consumer prices in Tokyo...

Georgia's foreign trade deficit for the first quarter widened from a year ago, preliminary figures from the National Statistics Office of Georgia showed Thursday. The foreign trade deficit increased to $1.131 billion in the first quarter from $1.014 billion in the same period last year. Exports grew...

DurableGoods-042414.jpg After reporting a bigger than expected increase in new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday that once again showed stronger than expected durable goods orders growth in the month of March. The report said durable goods orders surged up by 2.6 percent in March after jumping by a revised 2.1 percent in February.

Italy's non-EU trade surplus in March increased from last year, data from the statistical office Istat showed Thursday. The trade surplus advanced to EUR 2.70 billion in March from EUR 2.53 billion last year. In February, the country logged a surplus of EUR 1.37 billion, while there was a deficit...

JoblessClaims-042414.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by more than expected in the week ended April 19th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday, with initial jobless claims climbing further off their recent lows. The report said initial jobless claims rose to 329,000, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 305,000.

MarioDraghi-042414.jpg European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Thursday that any worsening of the euro area inflation outlook may prompt the bank to adopt a broad-based asset buying scheme. "Unlike the other contingencies, the objective here would not be to defend the current stance, but rather to increase meaningfully the degree of monetary accommodation," Draghi said in a speech in Amsterdam.

After reporting a bigger than expected increase in new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday that once again showed stronger than expected durable goods orders growth in the month of March.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose by more than expected in the week ended April 19th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday, with initial jobless claims climbing further off their recent lows.

Turkey's central bank decided to hold its key interest rates and reiterated to maintain tight monetary policy stance until there is a significant improvement in the inflation outlook. The Monetary Policy Committee on Thursday retained its one-week repo rate at 10 percent. The overnight lending rate...

GermanIfo-042414.jpg Sentiment among German firms improved unexpectedly in April as businesses were more confident about their future activities, a closely watched survey showed Thursday. Even the risks emanating from the Ukraine crisis left business morale untouched. Business confidence rose to 111.2 in April from 110.7 in March, a survey conducted by the Munich-based Ifo Institute, among 7,000 firms, revealed.

Poland's retail sales increased for the eleventh consecutive month in March, but at a slower-than-expected pace, data from the Central Statistical Office showed Thursday. The retail sales index rose 3.1 percent year-on-year in March, after a 7.0 percent increase in February. Economists had foretast...

Ireland's output prices fell for the sixth consecutive month annually in March, data from the Central Statistical Office showed Thursday. The output price index fell 3.1 percent annually in March, following a 1.7 percent decline in February. Producer prices have been falling steadily since October...

South Africa's producer price inflation accelerated for the fourth successive month in March, figures from Statistics South Africa showed Wednesday. The producer price index climbed 8.2 percent annually in March, following a 7.7 percent gain in February. The increase is the fastest in the series that...

U.K. retailers expect sales to expand at a faster pace next month, the latest monthly survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Thursday. According to Distributive Trades survey, retailers report sales growth for the fifth consecutive month in April. A balance of 30 percent reported...

Poland's unemployment rate fell for a second straight month in March and came in below economists' expectations, figures from the Central Statistics Office showed Thursday. The registered unemployment rate fell to 13.5 percent in March from 13.9 percent in February. Economists had forecast a jobless...