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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...

France's manufacturing confidence declined in April, survey data from the statistical office Insee showed Tuesday. The manufacturing sentiment index fell to 109 in April from 110 in March. The reading was expected to remain unchanged at 110. Nonetheless, the score was above its long-term average...

Denmark's retail sales increased for the first time in four months in March, preliminary figures from Statistics Denmark showed Tuesday. Retail turnover rose 0.4 percent month-over-month in March, reversing a 0.1 percent drop in the previous month. Sales of food and other groceries grew 0.3 percent...

Switzerland's trade surplus decreased in the first quarter, data from the Federal Customs Administration showed Tuesday. The trade surplus declined to CHF 6.5 billion from CHF 8.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017. In the same period of last year, the surplus totaled CHF 9.9 billion. Exports...

Finland's producer price inflation accelerated in March after easing in the previous month, figures from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday. Producer prices for manufactured products climbed 3.1 percent year-over-year in March, faster than the 2.1 percent increase in February. The measure has been...

Finland's unemployment rate increased in March after falling in the previous month, figures from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday. The jobless rate rose to 8.8 percent in March from 8.6 percent in February. In the corresponding month last year, the rate was 9.6 percent. The number of unemployed...

europeaneconomicspreview-042418.jpg Business confidence survey data from Germany and public sector finance from the UK are due on Tuesday, headlining a busy day for the European economic news. At 2.00 am ET, foreign trade data from Switzerland is due. Swiss watch exports figures are also due. At 2.45 am ET, the French statistical office Insee publishes manufacturing sentiment data.

eurozonepmi-042318.jpg Eurozone private sector logged a moderate expansion in April, amid signs of weaker growth of demand and supply constraints. The composite output index remained unchanged at 55.2 in April, flash survey results from IHS Markit showed Monday. The score was forecast to drop to 55.0. A score above 50 indicates expansion in the private sector.

Poland's retail sales grew more than expected in March, data from the Central Statistical Office revealed Monday. Retail sales rose 8.8 percent year-on-year in March, faster than the 7.7 percent growth seen in February. Sales were forecast to expand 7.9 percent. On a monthly basis, retail sales...

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