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The European Central Bank is forecast to keep its main interest rates unchanged at its meeting on Thursday. The ECB is expected to hold its main refi rate at a record low zero percent and the deposit rate at -0.40 percent. The announcement is due at 7.45 am ET.

Spain's producer price inflation rose slightly in March, the statistical office INE showed Wednesday. Producer prices climbed 1.3 percent year-on-year in March, faster than the 1.2 percent increase in February. Meanwhile, excluding energy, producer price growth eased to 1.2 percent from 1.4 percent...

Poland's unemployment rate decreased less than expected in March, data from the Central Statistical Office showed Wednesday. The jobless rate dropped to 6.6 percent in March from 6.8 percent in the previous month. The rate was forecast to fall to 6.5 percent. In the corresponding month last year,...

Switzerland's investor confidence deteriorated further in April, survey data from the investment bank Credit Suisse and the CFA Society Switzerland showed Wednesday. The Credit Suisse CFA Society Switzerland Indicator that reflects expectations of financial analysts for the economy in the coming six...

France consumer confidence improved unexpectedly in April, survey data from the statistical office Insee showed Wednesday. The consumer sentiment index rose to 101 in April from 100 in March. The reading was expected to remain unchanged at 100. Households were almost as optimistic as in March...

Austria's production index expanded in February from a year ago, data from Statistics Austria showed Wednesday. The production index that combines output of both industry and construction, advanced 5.1 percent year-over-year in February. Industrial output grew 4.6 percent over the year and construction...

Germany's construction orders grew notably in February, figures from Destatis showed Wednesday. New orders in the main construction industry climbed 9.9 percent month-over-month in February. Orders surged 13.0 percent in February from a year earlier. During the first two months of the year, new...

europeanecopreview-042518.jpg Consumer confidence from France is due on Wednesday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 2.45 am ET, the French statistical office Insee publishes consumer sentiment survey results. The indicator is forecast to remain unchanged at 100 in April.

germanbusinessconf-042418.jpg German business confidence deteriorated more-than-expected to a 13-month low in April on trade tensions, survey data from the Munich-based Ifo Institute showed Tuesday. The business sentiment index fell to 102.1 from 103.3 a month ago. This was the lowest reading since March 2017, when the reading was 101.3. The score was forecast to drop moderately to 102.8.

UK manufacturers expect order growth to slow in the coming three months, the Industrial Trends Survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Tuesday. A net 13 percent said the volume of output increased over the past three months versus 21 percent in the preceding quarter. At the same...

Sweden's unemployment rate increased less than expected in March after falling in the previous month, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Tuesday. The jobless rate rose to 6.5 percent in March fro 6.3 percent in February. Economists had expected the rate to climb to 6.6 percent. In the corresponding...

Italy's consumer confidence decreased marginally in April after strengthening notably in the previous month, survey data from the statistical office Istat showed Tuesday. The consumer confidence index dropped to 117.1 in April from March's 26-month high of 117.5. The slight drop in consumer confidence...

The UK budget deficit decreased to its lowest March level since 2004, the Office for National Statistics said Tuesday. Public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks, decreased by GBP 0.8 billion to GBP 1.3 billion in March. This was the lowest March net borrowing since 2004. At the...

German business confidence deteriorated more-than-expected in April, the Ifo Institute reported Tuesday. The business sentiment index fell to 102.1 from 103.3 a month ago. The score was forecast to drop moderately to 102.8. The indicator for the current business situation fell and expectations...

Czech economic sentiment strengthened in April to the highest level in nearly ten years, survey data from the Czech Statistical Office showed Tuesday. The economic sentiment indicator rose to 15.8 in April from 15.3 in the previous month. Moreover, this was the highest score since May 2008, when...

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