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Producer price outputs in New Zealand were up 0.9 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2018, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday. That follows the 0.2 percent increase in the three months prior. Producer prices inputs advanced1.0 percent on quarter, accelerating from 0.6 percent in the...

New Zealand will on Friday release Q2 figures for producer prices, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In the previous three months, producer price outputs were up 0.2 percent on quarter and inputs were up 0.6 percent. Japan will see July figures for department store sales;...

philadelphia-fed2-081618.jpg Growth in Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity slowed by much more than anticipated in the month of August, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday. The Philly Fed said its index for current general activity tumbled to 11.9 in August from 25.7 in July.

housing-starts-081618.jpg New residential construction rebounded by much less than expected in the month of July, the Commerce Department revealed in a report released on Thursday. The report said housing starts rose by 0.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.168 million in July.

ukretails-aug16.jpg UK retail sales rebounded strongly in July, exceeding expectations, thanks to store promotions and robust online sales. Retail sales rose 0.7 percent month-on-month in July, in contrast to a 0.5 percent fall in June, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Thursday. Sales were forecast to increase by 0.2 percent.

joblessclaims-081618.jpg A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly edged lower in the week ended August 11th. The report said initial jobless claims dipped to 212,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised level of 214,000.

Growth in Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity slowed by much more than anticipated in the month of August, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday.

New residential construction rebounded by much less than expected in the month of July, the Commerce Department revealed in a report released on Thursday.

Poland core inflation remained unchanged in July, figures from the central bank showed Thursday. The consumer price index excluding food and energy prices rose 0.6 percent year-on-year, same as in June. In May, core inflation was 0.5 percent. On a month-on-month basis, the core CPI fell 0.5...

A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly edged lower in the week ended August 11th.

South Africa's wholesale sales decreased in June after recovering in the previous month, preliminary figures from Statistics South Africa showed Thursday. Wholesale sales dropped 0.5 percent year-over-year in June, reversing a 0.5 percent rise in May. On a monthly basis, wholesale sales climbed...

Euro area trade surplus decreased for a third straight month in June, albeit slightly, preliminary data from Eurostat showed Thursday. The seasonally adjusted trade surplus fell to EUR 16.7 billion from EUR 16.9 billion in May. Economists had expected the figure to remain unchanged at May's level.

UK retail sales increased more than expected in July, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Thursday. Retail sales including auto fuel, rose 0.7 percent month-on-month in July, in contrast to a 0.5 percent fall in June. Sales were forecast to increase by 0.2 percent. Excluding auto...

Norway's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Thursday, in line with economists' expectations, and suggested that the rate would most likely be raised in September. The Executive Board decided to keep the key policy rate unchanged at 0.50 percent, the Norges Bank said.

Czech producer price inflation accelerated in July to the highest level in nearly six-and-a-half years, figures from the Czech Statistical Office showed Thursday. Industrial producer prices climbed 3.4 percent year-over-year in July, faster than the 2.9 percent rise in June. The latest rate of...

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