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Belgium's consumer price inflation accelerated in July to its highest level in nearly four years, figures from Statistics Belgium showed Thursday. The consumer price index rose 2.28 percent year-on-year following 2.16 percent in June. The latest inflation rate was the strongest since October 2012,...

Ireland's retail sales decreased in June after rising in the previous two months, preliminary figures from the Central Statistics Office showed Thursday. Retail sales volume fell a seasonally adjusted 5.8 percent month-over-month in June, reversing a 0.3 percent increase in May. On an annual basis,...

Sweden's unemployment rate in June remained unchanged from the previous month, defying expectations for an increase, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. The jobless rate was 7.6 percent, same as in May. Economists had forecast a higher figure of 8 percent. In April, the rate was 7.3 percent. The...

Portugal's consumer confidence decreased for the second straight month in July, while economic sentiment improved, figures from Statistics Portugal showed Thursday. The consumer confidence index fell to -13.0 in July from -12.6 in the previous month. In May, the score was -11.9. Households' judgment...

South Africa's producer price inflation accelerated in June after slowing in the previous three months, figures from Statistics South Africa showed Thursday. The producer price index rose 6.8 percent year-on-year after climbing 6.5 percent in May. Economists had forecast a score of 6.7 percent. The...

Sweden's retail sales growth eased at a faster-than-expected pace in June, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. Retail sales rose 3.2 percent year-over-year in June, slower than May's 6-month high of 5.0 percent gain. Economists had expected a 4.1 percent increase for the month. Sales...

Eurozone economic confidence strengthened unexpectedly in July after the "Brexit" vote, survey results from the European Commission showed Thursday. The economic sentiment index rose to 104.6 in July from 104.4 in June. It was forecast to fall to 103.5. The industrial confidence indicator improved...

Austria's manufacturing sector growth eased in July, as output and new orders grew at slower rates, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Thursday. The seasonally adjusted Bank Austria Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 53.4 in July from 54.5 in the previous month. However, a reading...

Hourly wages in Italy increased for the first time in four months in June, figures from the statistical office Istat showed Thursday. Contractual hourly wages rose 0.2 percent month-over-month in June, after remaining flat in the previous three months. On an annual basis, hourly wages grew at a...

Slovakia's producer prices decreased at a slower annual pace in June, data from the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic showed Thursday. The total producer price index declined 4.8 percent following a 5.5 percent fall in May. Domestic producer prices dropped 5.5 percent and export producer...

Germany's unemployment declined more than expected in July, reports said citing data from the Federal Labor Agency on Thursday. The number of people out of work fell 7,000 in July from June. Economists had forecast a decrease of 4,000. The jobless rate held steady at 6.1 percent as expected in...

Spanish home mortgages continued their strong growth in May, figures from the statistical office INE showed Thursday. The number of mortgages for home purchases jumped 34.1 percent year-on-year in May. However, the average loan amount declined 0.8 percent to EUR 104,480. The value of house mortgage...

Spain's jobless rate declined in the second quarter but it remained at an elevated level, the statistical office INE said Thursday. The unemployment rate dropped to 20 percent from 21 percent in the first quarter. In the same period of last year, the rate was 22.37 percent. The number of unemployed...

Hungary's unemployment rate decreased more-than-expected in the three months ended June, figures from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed Thursday. The jobless rate fell to 5.1 percent in the April to June period from 5.5 percent in the March to May period. Economists had expected the...

U.K. house prices increased more than expected in July after Britons voted to leave the European Union, data from the Nationwide Building Society showed Thursday. Annual growth in house prices increased to a 4-month high of 5.2 percent in July from 5.1 percent in June, while it was expected to ease...

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