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Swiss consumer confidence eased slightly in April, survey results from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs showed Tuesday. The consumer sentiment index fell marginally to -15 in April from -14 in January. It was forecast to improve to -12. The four sub-indices used to calculate the consumer...

Ireland's manufacturing sector expanded at the slowest pace since late 2013, survey data from Markit showed Tuesday. The Investec Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 52.6 in April from 54.9 in the previous month. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. Although the reading suggested that activity...

Low interest rates are not a problem themselves, but they mirror the underlying problem of weak investment demand, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Monday. "There is a temptation to conclude that since very low rates generate these challenges, they are the problem. But they are not...

Demand for German plant and machinery grew strongly in March, driven by a surge in foreign orders, figures from the German Engineering Federation, or VDMA, showed Monday. Engineering orders grew rose 18 percent year-on-year in March maid a 29 percent jump in demand from abroad. In contrast, domestic...

Eurozone growth momentum may not last if it is not backed by reforms, European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said Monday. Preliminary data released last week showed that euro area growth doubled to 0.6 percent in the first quarter. In an interview to France Inter radio, Coeure...

Norway's manufacturing activity deteriorated further in April, though at a slower pace than in the previous month, survey data from the Norwegian Association of Purchasing and Logistics(NIMA)and Danske Bank showed Monday. The Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 48.0 in April from 46.7 in the...

Swiss retail sales declined for the eighth consecutive month in March, figures from the Federal Statistical Office showed Monday. Retail sales fell an unadjusted 1.3 percent year-over-year in March, which was worse than the 0.4 percent drop in the previous month. A 0.2 percent decrease was initially...

Turkey's manufacturing activity deteriorated further in April, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Monday. The headline Istanbul Chamber of Industry Turkey Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index edged up to 48.9 in April from 48.8 in March. However, any reading below 50 indicates contraction...

Czech manufacturing growth eased for the third straight month in April, reflecting weaker expansions of output, new orders and stocks of purchases, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Monday. The purchasing managers' index, or PMI, fell to 53.6 in April from 54.3 in the previous month. However,...

Italy's manufacturing activity expanded at the fastest pace in four months in April, as output, new orders and exports all rose at faster rates, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Monday. The Markit/ADACI Italy Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 53.9 in April from 53.5 in April....

Eurozone manufacturing growth improved marginally in April, final data from Markit showed Monday. The factory Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 51.7 in April from 51.6 in March and above the flash score of 51.5. It was also over the long-run survey average of 51.4. Nonetheless, the reading was...

Spain's manufacturing sector continued to expand in April as production increased markedly, data from Markit revealed Monday. The Purchasing Managers' Index rose marginally to 53.5 in April from 53.4 in March. Business conditions have now improved in each of the past 29 months. The key factor...

Poland's manufacturing growth eased more-than-expected in April, as output and new orders grew at weaker rates, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Monday. The Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell to 51.0 in April from 53.8 in March. Economists had expected the index to fall slightly to...

Dutch manufacturers reported further improvement in the sector in April, but the pace of expansion slowed from March, survey data from Markit showed Monday. The NEVI Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 52.6 in April from 53.6 in March. Nonetheless, a reading above 50 signaled a moderate growth in overall...

Sweden's manufacturing growth improved in April, driven by stronger gains in production and new orders, data from the Swedbank and the Swedish National Association of Purchasing & Logistics revealed Monday. The Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 54.0 in April from 53.3 in the previous month....

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