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Permits issued for residential buildings in Romania increased in December from a year ago, figures from the National Institute of Statistics showed Wednesday. The number of dwelling building permits surged 5.1 percent year-on-year in December. On a monthly basis, approved residential building permits...

The German government lifted its growth projections for this year citing robust consumer spending. The economy ministry expects the largest Eurozone economy to expand 1.5 percent this year, up from the prior estimate of 1.3 percent. Gross domestic product was up 1.5 percent in 2014. The number...

Ireland's retail sales volume rose for the second straight month in December at a stable rate, preliminary figures from the Central Statistical Office showed Wednesday. The volume of retail sales climbed a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent month-on-month in December, the same rate of growth as in the...

Norway's unemployment rate was stable in November, less than the consensus estimate, data from a recent survey showed Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November, which is the average for the three months ended December, came in at 3.7 percent, unchanged from the rate in August,...

The unemployment rate in Hungary fell unexpectedly in the three month period to December, figures from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed Wednesday. The jobless rate fell slightly to 7.1 percent in the three months ended in December from 7.2 percent in the September to November period....

Slovakia's producer prices fell at a faster pace in December, figures from the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic showed Wednesday. The producer price index fell 3.5 percent year-on-year in December following a 2.9 percent decrease in the previous month. This was the twenty third consecutive...

GFK-012815.jpg Germany's consumer confidence improved strongly to a 13-year high at the start of the year, as a collapse in energy prices boosted disposable income and raised room for more spending, survey data from the GfK showed Wednesday. The forward-looking consumer confidence index rose more-than-expected to 9.3 in February from 9.0 in January. This was the highest value since November 2001.

France's consumer confidence remained stable in January, defying expectations for a rise, data from statistical office INSEE showed Wednesday. The consumer confidence index came in at 90 in January, the same as in December. This was less than the 91 score expected by economists. The index measuring...

Germany's import prices declined at a faster-than-expected pace in December, figures from the statistical office Destatis showed Wednesday. The import price index fell 3.7 percent year-on-year in December, faster than November's 2.1 percent decline. Economists had forecast a 3.4 percent decrease for...

Swiss consumption indicator increased in December as new car registrations surged, a report from the global financial services firm UBS showed Wednesday. The UBS consumption indicator climbed to 1.42 in December from 1.29 in November. New car registrations gained 20 percent month-over-month in...

German consumer confidence for February improved strongly to a 13-year high, survey data from GfK showed Wednesday. The forward-looking consumer confidence index rose to 9.3 in February from 9 in January. This was the highest value since November 2001, when the score was at 9.6. The outlook for...

The quantitative easing program of the European Central Bank will boost economic growth in Italy, Bank of Italy's Deputy Governor Fabio Panetta said Tuesday. In the Economic bulletin published before the ECB's QE announcement, Italy's economy was forecast to expand 0.4 percent in 2015 and 1.2 percent...

EEP11-011515_28Jan15.jpg German consumer confidence data is among the few economic data scheduled for release from Europe on Wednesday, when the FOMC meeting across the Atlantic is expected to take the center stage . Data from U.K 's Office for National Statistics showed yesterday that the country's GDP growth slowed more...

A leading index, which measures the future economic activity in France, remained unchanged in November, survey figures from Conference Board showed Tuesday. The Conference Board's leading economic index showed no variations in November, following a revised 0.1 percent increase in October. Out of...

Unemployment hit a record high in December, data from the Labour Ministry showed Tuesday. The number of unemployed people rose 0.2 percent or by 8,100 over the previous month to 3,496,400 in December. On a year-over-year basis, joblessness increased 5.7 percent in December.

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