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Swedish retail sales growth eased unexpectedly in April, figures from Statistics Sweden revealed Friday. Retail sales increased 1.7 percent year-on-year in April, following March's 1.9 percent growth. Economists had forecast sales growth to improve to 2.8 percent. This was the weakest growth since...

A measure of the current economic situation in the euro area declined for a fourth straight month in May, amid an industrial slowdown and low inflation, a report by the Bank of Italy and the Centre for Economic Policy Research showed Friday. The euro-coin indicator dropped to 0.26 from 0.28 in April....

Spain's retail sales grew at a slower pace in April, the statistical office INE reported Friday. Retail sales climbed by working-day adjusted 4.1 percent on a yearly basis, slower than the 4.4 percent increase seen in March. However, on an unadjusted basis, retail sales growth accelerated to 6.4...

Turkey's international reserves increased in April from a month ago, data from the Turkish Central Bank showed Friday. Official foreign reserves fell by 1.3 percent to $116.0 billion in April from $114.59 billion in the preceding month. Foreign currency reserves grew by $474 million over the month...

France's consumer confidence unexpectedly strengthened in May to its highest level in more than fifteen years, as households were less pessimistic regarding their future financial situation and saving intentions for the next 12 months, figures from INSEE showed Friday. The consumer confidence index...

Finland's manufacturing sentiment weakened in May, survey data from the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) showed Friday. The manufacturing sentiment index dropped to -11 from -8 in April. It was well below the long-term average of +1. The confidence indicator for the construction sector...

Finland's consumer confidence strengthened in May to the strongest level in one year, survey data from Statistics Finland showed Friday. The consumer confidence index climbed to 12.5 in May from 9.8 in the previous month. In March, the score was 10.4. The latest reading was the highest since May...

EEP19-011515_27May16.jpg Consumer sentiment from France is due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Consumer confidence in the United Kingdom showed a bit of improvement in May but remained pessimistic, the latest survey from GfK revealed on Friday with an index score of -1. That beat forecasts for -4 and was an improvement over April's -3, although it still was negative. Expectations for the...

The Bank of England plans to introduce additional capital requirements for big banks, according to the record of the Financial Policy Committee meeting held in May. The FPC recommended to set the threshold for systemic importance above which a non-zero systemic risk buffer rate would apply at GBP...

UK mortgage approvals declined more-than-expected to its lowest level in over a year in April, after the stamp duty hike, figures from the British Bankers' Association said Thursday. The number of loans approved for house purchase declined sharply to 40,104 from 43,854 in March, revised from 45,096....

Bulgaria's money supply growth quickened in April, preliminary figures from the Bulgarian National Bank showed Thursday. M3, the broad measure of money supply climbed 8.0 percent year-over-year in April, faster than the 6.1 percent hike in the preceding month. Similarly, the annual growth in the...

Italy's retail sales declined for the first time in three months during March and at the fastest pace in nearly two years, data from ISTAT showed Thursday. Retail sales fell 0.6 percent from February, when they grew 0.3 percent. Sales were flat in January. The latest decline was the first since...

The U.K. economy expanded as initially estimated in the first quarter, the second estimates from the Office for National Statistics showed Thursday. Gross domestic product grew 0.4 percent in the first quarter from previous three months, unrevised from the estimate published on April 27. It was slower...

Production in the Swiss industry and construction sectors rose for the first time in more than a year during the first quarter even as turnover declined, preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office showed Thursday. The second sector output, which includes industry and construction, grew...

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