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European Economics Preview: France Consumer Confidence Data Due

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Consumer confidence survey data from France and house prices from the UK are due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

At 2.00 am ET, consumer and industrial confidence survey results are due from Finland.

At 3.00 am ET, the Nationwide Building Society is set to release its UK monthly house price data. Economists forecast house prices to rise 2.1 percent on year in March, slower than the 2.3 percent increase in February.

At 3.45 am ET, France's Insee is scheduled to issue consumer confidence survey results. The confidence index is forecast to drop to 92 in March from 104 in February.

At 4.00 am ET, Hungary's unemployment data is due for February.

Half an hour later, Statistics Sweden is set to release retail sales for February. Sales had increased 0.9 percent on month in January.

At 5.00 am ET, Italy's consumer and business sentiment survey results are due. The consumer sentiment index is forecast to fall to 100.5 in March from 111.4 in February. Likewise, the business confidence index is seen at 90 versus 100.6 a month ago.

In the meantime, Austria's manufacturing Purchasing Managers' survey results are due.

At 7.00 am ET, February retail sales data is due from Ireland. Sales had declined 3.4 percent on month in January.

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