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France's economy grew at a steady pace, as previously estimated, in the second quarter, detailed figures from Insee showed Friday. Gross domestic product advanced 0.2 percent sequentially, the same rate as seen in the first quarter, and in line with the second estimate published on August 29. The...

Dutch economic growth accelerated more than initially estimated in the three months ended June, final data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Friday. Gross domestic product expanded 0.8 percent sequentially, instead of 0.7 percent estimated previously. This was also faster than the 0.6...

preview-sept20_21sep18.jpg Flash Purchasing Managers' survey data from euro area and public sector finance from the UK are due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 3.00 am ET, IHS Markit publishes France's flash purchasing managers' survey results.

Euro area consumer confidence weakened sharply in September to its lowest level in 15 months, initial estimates from the European Commission showed Thursday. The flash consumer confidence index dropped to -2.9 from -1.9 in August. Economists had forecast a score of -2.

norwaycentralbank-062217_20sep18.jpg Norway's central bank adopted a cautious approach to policy tightening and hinted that the key interest rate would be hiked further in the first quarter of next year, after raising rates for the first time since 2011, on Thursday. The Executive Board decided to raise the key policy rate by a quarter-point to 0.75 percent, the Norges Bank said in a statement.

ukretail-sept20.jpg UK retail sales grew unexpectedly in August, thanks to warm weather and real wage growth, data from the Office for National Statistics revealed Thursday. Retail sales volume, including auto fuel, gained 0.3 percent month-on-month in August, slower than the 0.9 percent increase seen in July, but in contrast to the expected fall of 0.2 percent. This was the second consecutive rise in sales volume.

snbratedecision-sept20.jpg Switzerland's central bank maintained its negative interest rates and trimmed its inflation forecast, suggesting that the current expansionary stance is set to remain well into 2019. The central bank said it will remain active in the foreign exchange market as necessary, while taking the overall currency situation into consideration.

Luxembourg's unemployment rate held steady for the second straight month in August, figures from the statistical office STATEC showed Thursday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate came in at 5.5 percent in August, the same rate as in the previous two months. In the corresponding month last year,...

The Greece current account surplus increased somewhat in July from previous year, the Bank of Greece reported Thursday. The current account surplus rose to EUR 1.58 billion in July from EUR 1.54 billion in the corresponding month last year. The deficit on goods trade widened to EUR 1.70 billion...

Denmark's consumer confidence weakened further in September to the lowest level in nine months, survey data from Statistics Denmark showed Thursday. The consumer confidence index fell to 6.9 in September from 7.8 in August. Moreover, this was the lowest reading since December last year, when it...

economic-outlook1_20sep18.jpg The Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, on Thursday, downgraded it global growth projections for both 2018 and 2019, and signaled that the initial impact of the trade war between the US and China has started showing. The United States will expand 2.9 percent in 2018 and 2.7 percent in 2019, the agency said. China's growth is seen at 6.7 percent this year and 6.4 percent in 2019.

UK retail sales grew unexpectedly in August, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed Thursday. Retail sales volume, including auto fuel, gained 0.3 percent month-on-month in August, slower than the 0.9 percent increase seen in July and in contrast to the expected fall of 0.2 percent....

Norway's central bank raised its key interest rate on Thursday, which was in line with its prediction last month, and hinted that the rate would be hiked further in the first quarter of next year. The Executive Board decided to raise the key policy rate by a quarter-point to 0.75 percent, the Norges Bank said in a statement. The decision was in line with economists' expectations.

The Swiss National Bank maintained its expansionary monetary policy, as widely expected, on Thursday. The interest rate on sight deposits at the SNB was retained at -0.75 percent and the target range for the three-month Libor was kept unchanged between -1.25 percent and -0.25 percent. The central...

Turkey's consumer confidence deteriorated sharply in September, weakening for a second straight month, to its lowest level in three years, survey data from the Turkish Statistical Institute showed on Thursday. The consumer confidence index fell to 59.3 from 68.3 in August. The score was the lowest since September 2015, when the reading was 58.5.

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