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Consumer-042817.jpg After initially reporting an improvement in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of April, the University of Michigan released revised data on Friday showing that sentiment was nearly flat. The report said the consumer sentiment index for April was downwardly revised to 97.0 from the preliminary reading of 98.0.

ChicagoPMI-042817.jpg A report released by MNI Indicators on Friday showed an unexpected acceleration in the pace of growth in Chicago-area business activity in the month of April. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer rose to 58.3 in April from 57.7 in March, with a reading above 50 indicating growth.

Eurozoneinflation-042817.jpg Eurozone inflation accelerated more-than-expected in April, returning within the European Central Bank's target of 'below, but close to 2 percent', preliminary estimate from Eurostat showed on Friday. Elsewhere, results of an ECB survey showed that professional forecasters expect euro area consumer prices to rise faster than earlier expected, though core inflation was seen to rise slowly.

USGDP-042817.jpg Economic growth in the U.S. slowed by more than anticipated in the first three months of 2017, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday. The Commerce Department said gross domestic product increased by 0.7 percent in the first quarter after jumping by 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter.

UKGDP-042817.jpg The U.K. economy expanded the least in a year at the start of 2017, reflecting a notable slowdown in the service sector as consumers curbed their spending amid the Brexit uncertainty and rising inflation. Gross domestic product grew only 0.3 percent in the first quarter from the previous three months, preliminary estimates from the Office for National Statistics showed Friday.

trade.jpg Final demand producer prices in Australia picked up 0.5 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Friday - unchanged from the previous quarter. On a yearly basis, prices gained 1.3 percent after rising 0.7 percent in Q4. The increases were...

Final demand producer prices in Australia were up 0.5 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Friday - unchanged from the previous quarter. On a yearly basis, prices gained 1.3 percent after rising 0.7 percent in Q4. Intermediate demand...

Private sector credit in Australia was up 0.3 percent on month in March, the Reserve Bank of Australia said on Friday. That was unchanged from the previous month, although it missed expectations for a gain of 0.5 percent. On a yearly basis, credit gained 5.0 percent - again unchanged but missing...

foreximg-300413.jpg Industrial production in South Korea advanced a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent on month in March, Statistics Korea said on Friday. That followed the 3.4 percent contraction in February. On a yearly basis, industrial production climbed 3.0 percent after surging 6.6 percent in the previous month. The...

Japan-machinery-orders-04072011-1.jpg Industrial output in Japan skidded 2.1 percent on month in March, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in Friday's preliminary reading. That missed forecasts for a fall of 0.8 percent following the 3.2 percent gain in February. On a yearly basis, industrial production advanced 3.3 percent...

Industrial production in Japan was down 2.1 percent on month in March, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in Friday's preliminary reading. That missed forecasts for a fall of 0.8 percent following the 3.2 percent gain in February. On a yearly basis, industrial production advanced...

Consumer confidence in the United Kingdom ebbed in April, the latest survey from GfK revealed on Friday with an index score of -7. That was in line with expectations, and down from -6 in March. "Although the Overall Index Score remains in negative territory, and has dipped this month, we have not...

Retail sales in Japan were up a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent on month in March, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday. That beat expectations for a decline of 0.3 percent, although it was unchanged from the February reading. On a yearly basis, retail sales advanced 2.1 percent...

Overall nationwide consumer prices in Japan were up 0.2 percent on year in March, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - missing forecasts for 0.3 percent, which would have been unchanged. Core CPI, which excludes fresh food prices, also added an annual 0.2 percent -...

The unemployment rate in Japan came in at a seasonally adjusted 2.8 percent in March, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That was unchanged from the February reading, although it was beneath expectations for 2.9 percent. The job-to-applicant ratio climbed to 1.45,...

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