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Belgium's consumer confidence eased for a second straight month in December to its lowest level in four months, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Monday. The consumer confidence index fell to 2 from 3 in November. The decline in the indicator was mainly due to a deterioration...

The Swiss National Bank is unlikely to change its monetary policy in the near future as the franc still remains highly valued, and is more likely to wait for the first ECB hike, Christoph Weil, an economist at Commerzbank, said. Despite the appreciation shock, the Swiss economy posted a solid growth...

UK manufacturing order books were close to a 30-year high in the fourth quarter, monthly Industrial Trends survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed Monday. About 28 percent of manufacturers reported that total order books were above normal, and 11 percent said they were below normal,...

Malta's EU measure of inflation held steady in November after accelerating in the previous month, figures from the National Institute of Statistics showed Monday. The harmonized index of consumer prices, or HICP, climbed 1.5 percent year-over-year in November, the same rate of rise as in October....

Eurozone consumer price inflation rose slightly as estimated in November, final data from Eurostat showed Monday. Consumer prices advanced 1.5 percent year-on-year in November, following October's 1.4 percent increase. The rate came in line with the flash estimate published on November 30. Nonetheless,...

Italy's foreign trade surplus increased in October from a year ago, as exports grew faster than imports, figures from the statistical office Istat showed Monday. The trade surplus rose to EUR 4.95 billion in October from EUR 4.19 billion in the corresponding month last year. In September, the surplus...

Czech producer price inflation eased for the second straight month in November, figures from the Czech Statistical Office showed Monday. Industrial producer prices climbed 0.9 percent year-over-year in November, slower than the 1.1 percent increase in October. The measure has been rising since January. Among...

Austria's inflation increased marginally in November, figures from Statistics Austria showed Monday. Consumer price inflation rose to 2.3 percent in November from 2.2 percent in October. The increase was mainly due to significant growth in fuel prices. Fuel prices advanced 6.3 percent from a...

Final consumer price data from euro area is due on Monday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 3.00 am ET, Austria's consumer price data is due. In the meantime, the Czech Statistical Office is set to issue producer prices for November. At 4.00 am ET, Italy's Istat issues...

The squeeze on UK household finances softened slightly in October, data compiled each month by IHS Markit, using data collected by Ipsos MORI, showed Monday. The household finance index rose to 43.9 in December from 43.5 in November. A score below 50 suggests pessimism regrading finances among...

Malaysia's unemployment rate held steady in October, figures from the Department of Statistics showed Monday. The jobless rate came in at 3.4 percent in October, the same rate of increase as in September. In the corresponding month last year, the rate was 3.5 percent. The number of unemployed...

Russia-centralbank-121517.jpg Russia's central bank slashed the benchmark rate by half a percentage point on Friday amid expectations for a quarter point reduction. Policymakers signaled further easing in the first half of 2018. The Board of Directors trimmed the key rate to 7.75 percent from 8.25 percent, the Bank of Russia said in a statement.

Ireland's foreign trade surplus increased in October, as imports fell faster than exports, data from the Central Statistics Office showed Friday. The seasonally adjusted trade surplus rose to EUR 3.9 billion in October from EUR 3.5 billion in September. In the corresponding month last year, the...

Ireland's economy expanded for the second straight quarter in the three months ended September, and at an accelerated pace, preliminary data from the Central Statistics Office showed Friday. Gross domestic product advanced a seasonally adjusted 4.2 percent sequentially in the third quarter, faster...

Russia's central bank decided to lower the rate by half a percentage point after a quarter point cut in October. The Board of Directors decided to cut the key rate by 50 basis points to 7.75 percent from 8.25 percent, the Bank of Russia said in a statement on Friday. The bank was expected to reduce...

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