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Draghi-090315.jpg The European Central Bank lowered the economic growth and inflation outlook for the euro area on Thursday, citing more downside risks that have emerged recently, and said that it was ready to extend its quantitative easing programme beyond the September 2016 deadline, if needed.

ISMNon-Manufacturing-090315.jpg After reporting a substantial acceleration in the pace of U.S. service sector growth in the previous month, the Institute for Supply Management released a report on Thursday showing a modest slowdown in the pace of growth in August.

Tradebalance-090315.jpg With the value of exports rising and the value of imports falling, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing a notably narrower U.S. trade deficit in the month of July. The report said the trade deficit narrowed to $41.9 billion in July from a revised $45.2 billion in June.

Joblesslclaims-090315.jpg A day ahead of tomorrow's monthly jobs report, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose more than expected in the week ended August 29th.

With the value of exports rising and the value of imports falling, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing a notably narrower U.S. trade deficit in the month of July.

A day ahead of tomorrow's monthly jobs report, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose more than expected in the week ended August 29th.

ECBrates-090315.jpg The European Central Bank left its interest rates unchanged on Thursday as recent data suggest that economic recovery is continuing, albeit at a sluggish pace, while lower oil prices, stronger euro and the Chinese slowdown pose risks to the outlook. The Governing Council, led by ECB President Mario Draghi, kept the refinancing rate at a record low 0.05 percent, following the meeting in Frankfurt.

Croatia's industrial production growth accelerated in July after easing in the previous month, figures from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics showed Thursday. Industrial production climbed a working-day-adjusted 3.9 percent year-over-year in July, faster than June's 1.6 percent climb. Production...

Ukservice-090315.jpg British services sector expanded at its weakest rate in over two years casting doubt about sustainability of economic growth into third quarter, a closely watched survey revealed Thursday. The services Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to 55.6, which was the weakest score since May 2013, survey results from Markit Economics and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply showed.

The European Central Bank held its key interest rates unchanged at a record low on Thursday for a ninth consecutive policy session. The Governing Council, led by ECB President Mario Draghi, kept the refinancing rate at a record low 0.05 percent, following the meeting in Frankfurt. The decision was...

Ireland's industrial production increased for the second straight month in July, but the rate of growth eased sharply from the prior month, figures from the Central Statistics Office showed Thursday. Industrial production surged a seasonally adjusted 18.5 percent year-over-year in July, much slower...

Cyprus' consumer prices continued to decline in August, but at a slower pace than in the previous month, figures from the Statistical Service showed Thursday. The consumer price index dropped 2.7 percent year-over-year in August, following a 3.0 percent decrease in July. In June, prices had fallen...

Latvia's industrial production expanded at the fastest pace in four months in July, figures from the Central Statistical Office showed Thursday. Industrial production surged a calendar-adjusted 8.3 percent year-over-year in July, much faster than June's 4.2 percent climb. The latest rate of growth...

The French private sector growth slowed more than estimated to a 7-month low in August, final data from Markit showed Thursday. The final composite output index fell to 50.2 in August from 51.5 in July. It was well below the flash score of 51.3. The latest reading pointed to only a fractional rise...

Czech retail sales growth eased in July after accelerating in the previous month, figures from the Czech Statistical Office showed Thursday. Retail sales excluding automobile trade rose an unadjusted 5.5 percent year-over-year in July, slower than June's 6.7 percent climb. In May, sales grew 5.3 percent. Retail...

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