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Finland's consumer confidence strengthened for the sixth successive month in March, survey results of Statistics Finland showed Friday. The consumer confidence index rose to 11.2 in March from 10.6 in the previous month. The latest score was the strongest since May 2012, when the reading was 12.0. The...

French consumer confidence improved as expected to the highest level since 2010, survey data from the statistical office Insee showed Friday. The households' consumer confidence index came in at 93 in March versus 92 in February. This was the highest score since November 2010 and came in line with...

Germany's import prices declined at a slower-than-expected pace in February, figures from Destatis showed Friday. The import price index fell 3.0 percent year-over-year in February, below economists' expectations for a 3.9 percent decrease. In January, prices had fallen 4.4 percent, which was...

U.K. house price growth softened for the seventh consecutive month in March, the Nationwide Building Society reported Friday. House prices advanced 5.1 percent year-on-year in March, slower than February's 5.7 percent increase. The annual growth was also slower than a 5.3 percent rise forecast by...

EEP06-011515_27Mar15.jpg Consumer confidence from France is due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

UKRetailSales-032615.jpg British retail sales continued to expand in February at a faster-than-expected pace, suggesting strong support from domestic spending to economic growth in the first quarter. Retail sales increased at a faster pace of 0.7 percent in February from January, when it gained 0.1 percent, data from the Office for National Statistics revealed Thursday.

The Czech central bank held its key interest rate and currency ceiling steady for the nineteenth policy session in a row. The CNB Bank Board decided to keep the main two-week repo rate unchanged at 0.05 percent, the Czech National Bank said in a statement on Thursday. The discount rate was maintained...

Sweden's producer price inflation accelerated to its highest level in four months in February, Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. The producer price index rose 1.9 percent annually following a 0.2 percent gain in the previous month. In December, prices dropped 0.1 percent. The latest increase...

Sweden's trade surplus in February eased slightly from a year ago, remaining above economists' expectations, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. The visible trade surplus was SEK 4.6 billion, which was slightly below the SEK 4.8 billion in the same month last year. Economists had expected...

U.K. retail sales picked up in March after growth nearly halted in February, Distributive Trades survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Thursday. The retail sales balance rose to 18 percent from 1 percent in February. Nonetheless, it was below expectations of 27 percent. Retailers...

Lending to the Eurozone private sector declined modestly in February, suggesting a gradual revival in euro area bank lending, data from the European Central Bank showed Thursday. Loans to businesses and households fell 0.1 percent annually, following a 0.2 percent drop in January, which was revised...

The KOF Swiss Economic Institute said the economy will expand only marginally this year and cautioned that the appreciation of the Swiss franc following the removal of the currency ceiling will weigh down heavily on the business cycle. In the Spring Forecast, the think tank said gross domestic product...

GermanConsumer-032615.jpg German consumer confidence is set to improve further to its highest level in more than 13 years in April, as weak euro and low inflation function as mini stimulus to the economy, survey data from the market research group GfK showed Thursday. The forward-looking consumer sentiment index rose to 10 in April from 9.7 points in March. This was the highest score since October 2001.

British retail sales growth accelerated more than expected in February, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Thursday. Retail sales volume increased at a faster pace of 0.7 percent in February from January, when it gained 0.1 percent. The monthly growth exceeded a 0.4 percent increase...

Norway's unemployment rate rose unexpectedly at the start of the year, figures from Statistics Norway showed Thursday. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent in January from a revised 3.8 percent in December. Economists had forecast the jobless rate to fall to 3.7 percent. A...

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