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ChicagoPMI-103114.jpg Business activity in the Chicago area unexpectedly increased at a notably faster rate in the month of October, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Friday. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer jumped to 66.2 in October from 60.5 in September.

Shopping-103114.jpg Consumer sentiment in the U.S. improved by more than previously estimated in the month of October, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan on Friday. The report said the final reading on the consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.9 compared to the mid-month reading of 86.4.

PersonalIncome-103114.jpg Personal spending in the U.S. unexpectedly decreased in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday, with the drop in spending accompanied by weaker than expected personal income growth.

EurozoneInflation-Jobless-103114.jpg Eurozone inflation rose slightly in October but it remained consistently below 1 percent, signifying the risk of deflation in the currency bloc. At the same time, the unemployment rate held steady at an elevated level in September. Inflation rose marginally to 0.4 percent in October from 0.3 percent in September, flash data from Eurostat showed Friday.

RussiaFlag-103114.jpg Russia's central bank lifted its key rate sharply by a bigger-than-expected 150 basis points to counteract the slide in ruble and rising inflation. The Bank of Russia decided on Friday to raise its key rate to 9.50 percent from 8 percent. The bank was expected to hike its rate by 50 basis points. This was the fourth interest rate increase this year.

BoJ-103114.jpg The Bank of Japan expanded its massive quantitative and qualitative easing unexpectedly as policymakers assessed it necessary to achieve the 2 percent inflation target even after a sales tax hike in April. In a 5-4 vote, the Policy Board led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda decided to raise the monetary base at an annual pace of about JPY 80 trillion.

trade.jpg Final demand producer prices in Australia advanced 0.2 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Friday - after easing 0.1 percent in the previous three months. The increase was mainly due to rises in the prices received for building construction...

Final demand producer prices in Australia were up 0.2 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2014, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Friday - after easing 0.1 percent in the previous three months. The increase was mainly due to rises in the prices received for building construction (+1.0...

japanexports-112510.jpg Consumer prices in Japan added 3.2 percent on year in September, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - below expectations for 3.3 percent, which would have been unchanged from the August reading. Core consumer prices gained 3.0 percent - matching forecasts and down from...

Private sector credit in Australia was up 0.5 percent on month in September, the Bank of Australia said on Friday - above forecasts for a 0.4 percent gain, which would have been unchanged from the August reading. Housing credit was up 0.6 percent on month, the bank said, while personal credit added...

Consumer confidence in the United Kingdom fell slightly in October, research firm GfK revealed on Friday with an index score of -2. That's down from -1 in September, and represents a three-month low. A negative score means that pessimists outnumber optimists. The index was dragged lower by weakness...

Consumer prices in Japan were up 3.2 percent on year in September, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - below expectations for 3.3 percent, which would have been unchanged from the August reading. Core consumer prices gained 3.0 percent - matching forecasts and down...

The unemployment rate in Japan came in at 3.6 percent in September, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - in line with expectations and up from 3.5 percent in August. The job-to-applicant ratio was 1.09, missing forecasts for 1.10 - which would have been unchanged. The...

The average of household spending in Japan was down 5.6 percent on year in September, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - standing at 275,226 yen. That missed forecasts for a decline of 4.3 percent on year following the 4.7 percent contraction in August. The average...

newzea-retail-012111.jpg The total number of building permits issued in New Zealand plummeted a seasonally adjusted 12.2 percent on month in September, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday - standing at 1,985. The headline figure was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 1.0 percent following the flat reading in August. "The...