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blockshow-europe-021618.jpg Berlin will host BlockShow Europe 2018 on May 28 and 29. One of the biggest international conferences of blockchain technology, it will discuss Governmental Initiatives, insights from Central Banks, latest updates on worldwide Blockchain regulations and innovations in both European and Global Blockchain scenes. The conference is described as "Window to the Global Blockchain World."

UK-Retailsales-021618.jpg UK retail sales grew less than expected in January as high inflation squeezed consumer spending, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed Friday. Retail sales rose 0.1 percent month-on-month in January, reversing a 1.4 percent drop in December. Nonetheless, this was slower than the expected 0.5 percent rise.

Luxembourg's consumer price inflation eased for the third straight month in January, figures from the statistical office STATEC showed Friday. The consumer price index rose 1.1 percent year-over-year in January, slower than the 1.4 percent climb in December. The measure has been rising since August...

Czech import prices continued its declining trend in December, figures from the Czech Statistical Office showed Friday. Import prices fell 4.2 percent year-over-year in December, faster than the 3.3 percent decrease in November. The decline of the total annual import price index was primarily...

UK retail sales grew less than expected in January, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed Friday. Retail sales rose 0.1 percent month-on-month in January, reversing a 1.4 percent drop in December. Economists had forecast a 0.5 percent rise. Sales, excluding auto fuel, also grew...

The Czech economy expanded at a slower-than-expected pace in the fourth quarter, preliminary data from the Czech Statistical Office showed Friday. Gross domestic product advanced 0.5 percent sequentially in the December quarter, the same rate of increase as in the September quarter. That was below...

Germany's wholesale price inflation accelerated slightly in January, after easing in the previous three months, data from Destatis showed Friday. Wholesale prices climbed 2.0 percent year-over-year in January, faster than the 1.8 percent rise in December. Prices of ores, metals and semi-finished...

EEP16-011515_16Feb18.jpg Retail sales data from the UK is due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated Haruhiko Kuroda for another term as Bank of Japan Governor. He has been nominated to serve another five-year term. The government also sent nominations for Masayoshi Amamiya and Waseda University professor Masazumi Wakatabe as deputy governors. Amamiya,...

Merval, the main index of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange, rose 1.53%, closing at 32,036.37 points Thursday amid good quarterly results and inflation data in Argentina. The Argentinean Consumer Price Index rose by 1.8% in January 2018, said the country's statistics office. Despite the deceleration,...

Ibovespa, the benchmark stock index in Brazil, closed higher for the second trading session in a row (+0.90%), at 84,290.57 points Thursday, tracking another positive day abroad in the face decreasing fears of a more aggressive interest rate hike in the United States. The calm domestic scenario also...

Colcap, the main index of the Colombian Stock Exchange, fell 0.25% at 1,515.13 points near to the end of Thursday's trade, due to the poor performance of Bancolombia's shares. Felipe Espitia, an analyst at Alianza Valores, noted that the bank's low performance dragged Colcap into negative territory,...

Colombia's Economic Monitoring Indicator (ISE) rose to 179.9 in December 2017, an acceleration of 1.2% on an annual basis and a 1.6% improve from November, said the South American country's statistics office. After seasonal adjustment, the December ISE stood at 161.67, which represented a growth of...

The Argentinean Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 1.8% in January 2018, after increasing 3.1% in December 2017, said the country's statistics office. Despite the deceleration, the reading was higher than market expectations for the monthly consumer price inflation (+1.5%). The result was primarily...

The manufacturing sector in New Zealand continued to expand in January, and at an accelerated pace, the latest survey from Business NZ revealed on Friday with a Manufacturing PMI score of 55.6. That's up from 51.2 in December, and it moves farther above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion...

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