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Brazil's factory activity increased for the first time in five months in August, and after the conclusion of the soccer World Cup, led by increases in output and purchasing activity, survey results from Markit Economics showed Monday. The HSBC Brazil Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.2 from 49.1...

Norway's factory sector grew for second month in a row and at a faster pace in August, survey data from the Norwegian Association of Purchasing and Logistics showed Monday. The seasonally adjusted Purchasing Managers' Index climbed to 51.8 from 50.8 in July, revised from 50.6. A score above 50 indicates...

China eased rules governing bond issuance by local governments so as to make public project financing easier. Top lawmakers amended the budget law, allowing local governments to raise funds directly through bond issue to finance public projects. However, local government is not allowed to sell bonds...

Poland's manufacturing sector contracted for the second consecutive month in August as output dropped and new orders continued to fall, survey data from Markit Economics revealed Monday. The HSBC Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to 49 from July's 49.4. The reading came in above economists'...

The Greek economy contracted slightly more than estimated in the second quarter, revised data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority showed Monday. Gross domestic product, or GDP, declined 0.3 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2014, revised from the 0.2 percent decrease estimated on August...

Greece's manufacturing activity expanded in August, after declining in the previous month, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Monday. Seasonally adjusted Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index, or PMI, rose to 50.1 in August from 48.7 in July. This marked the highest reading in three...

Italy's manufacturing sector activity declined in August, after expanding in July, figures from Markit Economics showed Monday. The Markit/ADACI manufacturing purchasing managers' index, or PMI, dropped to 49.8 in August from 51.9 in July, which is the lowest score in fourteen months. This marked...

UK-Manufacturing-090114.jpg British manufacturing growth eased further in August to its lowest level in 14 months as output and demand increased at slower rates, survey results from Markit Economics showed Monday. The Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to 52.5 from a revised 54.8 in July. Economists had expected the score to fall to 55.1 from July's original figure of 55.4.

Turkey's manufacturing activity recovered in August as production rose for the first time in three months, results of a survey by Markit Economics and HSBC Bank showed Monday. The HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers' index, or PMI, rose to 50.3 in August from 48.5 in July. This marked an expansion...

U.K. mortgage approvals declined in July after recording a strong increase in June, data published by the Bank of England showed Monday. The number of mortgages approved in July totaled 66,569 compared to 67,085 in June. It was forecast to fall to 66,000. Lending secured on dwellings increased...

Germany's manufacturing activity expanded at the slowest pace in 11 months amid weak production and new orders, final data from Markit Economics showed Monday. The Markit/BME manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 51.4 in August from 52.4 in July. It was also below the flash score of 52. Although...

Sweden's manufacturing activity grew at a slower rate in August, a report from Swedbank showed Monday. The manufacturing purchasing managers' index, or PMI, fell to 51 in August from 55.1 in July. This was driven by broad based declines in the sub-indices. Manufacturing production increased at...

Eurozone manufacturing sector growth eased to its lowest level in the current 14-month growth sequence in August, final data from Markit Economics showed Monday. The final manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 50.7 in August from 51.8 in July. It was the lowest score since July last year...

Estonia's retail sales grew at the fastest pace in nearly two-and-a-half years in July, figures from Statistics Estonia showed Monday. Retail sales volume increased 10 percent year-on-year following 7 percent growth in June. The pace of growth was the fastest since a 12 percent increase in February...

The French manufacturing sector shrank less than initially estimated in August, final data from Markit Economics showed Monday. The Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 46.9 in August, its lowest reading since May 2013, from 47.8 in July. However, it was above the initially estimated score of 46.5....