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A report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday showed that new orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods climbed by less than expected in the month of March. The Commerce Department durable goods orders rose by 0.7 percent in March after jumping by a revised 2.3 percent in February.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased in the week ended April 22nd, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

ECBrates-042717.jpg The European Central Bank left its monetary policy unchanged for a ninth consecutive session on Thursday as policymakers likely assessed that it was too early to trigger speculation of a future tapering of the massive stimulus as uncertainties linger around both the economic and political outlooks.

Portugal's consumer confidence strengthened further in April to the strongest level in nineteen-and-a-half years, figures from Statistics Portugal showed Thursday. The consumer confidence index, on the basis of 3 months moving average, rose to -1.8 in April from -3.4 in March. Moreover, this was the...

The European Central Bank left its key interest rates and the volume of asset purchases unchanged on Thursday and signaled that it was ready to boost stimulus if the economic outlook turned less favorable. The Governing Council, led by ECB President Mario Draghi, kept all its three interest rates...

Finland's unemployment rate increased in March to the highest level in ten months, after remaining stable in the prior month, figures from Statistics Finland showed Thursday. The jobless rate climbed to 9.6 percent in March from 9.2 percent in February. In the corresponding month last year, the rate...

Austria' s manufacturing activity expanded at the quickest pace in just over six years in April, driven by solid rises in output and new orders, survey figures from IHS Markit showed Thursday. The UniCredit Bank Austria Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, climbed to 58.1 in April from 56.8 in March....

UK retail sales grew the most since the middle of 2015 during April and the trend is expected to continue next month, albeit at a slower pace, suggesting that the ongoing political uncertainty is not slowing down consumer spending, results of a survey by the Confederation of British Industry, released...

Sweden's foreign trade balance turned to a deficit in March from a surplus in the previous year, figures from Statistics Norway showed Thursday. The trade balance came in at a deficit of SEK 0.8 billion in March versus a surplus of SEK 1.8 billion in the corresponding month last year. Meanwhile, economists...

Italy's consumer confidence decreased marginally in April, while business confidence improved further, survey data from the statistical office Istat showed Thursday. The consumer confidence index broadly unchanged in April, falling from 107.6 in March to 107.5. Economists had expected the index to...

Eurozone economic sentiment rose to its highest level since the middle of 2007 in April with strong improvements in all components, survey data from the European Commission showed Thursday. The economic sentiment indicator climbed to 109.6 from a revised 108 in March. Economists had forecast a modest...

Finland's consumer confidence declined in April after strengthening in the previous month, figures from Statistics Finland showed Thursday. The consumer sentiment index fell to 21.5 in April from 22.9 in March, which was the highest reading since September 2010. Households' expectations regarding...

BankofJapan-042717.jpg Japan's central bank left its monetary policy unchanged on Thursday and policymakers upgraded the view on the economy as they raised the growth forecasts, expecting ultra low interest rates, fiscal stimulus and better demand from abroad to support above-potential expansion in future.

Sweden's central bank left its key rate unchanged on Thursday, but extended the purchases of government bonds and delayed its expected timing for an interest rate hike until mid-2018. The Executive Board of the Sveriges Riksbank held the repo rate steady at -0.50 percent, in line with economists'...

Spain's consumer price inflation accelerated at a faster-than-expected pace in April, after easing in the previous month, preliminary figures from the statistical office INE showed Thursday. The consumer price index climbed 2.6 percent year-over-year in April, faster than the 2.3 percent gain in March....

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