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Indicating the current economic expansion will continue through the first half of 2020, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday showing a much bigger than expected increase by its reading on leading U.S. economic indicators. Read more...

Euro area current account surolus grew in December after dropping in the previous month and the surplus for the full year 2019 was largely unchanged from a year ago, preliminary figures from the European Central Bank showed on Wednesday. The current account surplus rose to EUR 332.561 billion from... Read more...

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Partly reflecting a jump in demand, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia released a report on Thursday unexpectedly showing another substantial acceleration in the pace of growth in Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity in the month of February. Read more...

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A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed a modest increase in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended February 15th. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims crept up to 210,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised level of 206,000 Read more...

Partly reflecting a jump in demand, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia released a report on Thursday unexpectedly showing another substantial acceleration in the pace of growth in Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity in the month of February. Read more...

A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed a modest increase in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the week ended February 15th. Read more...

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UK retail sales rose for the first time in three months in January and at a faster than expected pace, led by a strong demand for clothing and footwear and food. The volume of retail sales including auto fuel rose 0.9 percent month-on-month, which was greater than the 0.7 percent gain economists had... Read more...

Poland's industrial production rose unexpectedly in January, and producer price inflation slowed, figures from the Statistics Poland showed on Thursday. Industrial production rose 1.1 percent year-on-year in January. Economists had expected a 0.1 percent fall. Manufacturing output rose 1.9 percent... Read more...

France consumer prices remained stable in January as initially estimated, final data from the statistical office Insee showed on Thursday. The consumer price index rose 1.5 percent year-on-year in January, same as in December. This was in line with initial estimate. The stability in inflation... Read more...

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Hong Kong's consumer price inflation eased for the fifth months in a row in January, data from the Census and Statistics Department showed on Thursday. The consumer price index rose 1.4 percent year-on-year in January, slower than a 2.9 percent increase in December. Economists had expected the inflation... Read more...

Singapore wholesale trade declined in the fourth quarter, figures from the Department of Statistics showed on Thursday. At current prices, domestic wholesale sales declined a seasonally adjusted 8.5 percent quarter-on-quarter in the fourth quarter, following a 0.2 percent fall in the previous quarter. Excluding... Read more...

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The jobless rate in Australia came in at a seasonally adjusted 5.3 percent in January, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday. That exceeded expectations for 5.2 percent and was up from 5.1 percent in December. The Australian economy added 13.500 jobs last month to 12,995,400 people,... Read more...

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Germany's producer prices rose unexpectedly in January, data from Destatis showed on Thursday. The producer price index rose 0.2 percent year-on-year in January, reversing a 0.2 percent decrease seen in December. Economists had expected a 0.4 percent fall. Among the components, prices for non-durable... Read more...

Denmark's producer prices decline in January, figures from Statistics Denmark showed on Thursday. The producer price index fell 0.9 percent year-on-year in January, following a 0.3 percent decline in December. Prices have fallen steadily since May. The significantly smaller decline in the annual... Read more...

Denmark's consumer confidence fell in February after rising in the preceding month, survey data from Statistics Denmark showed on Thursday. The consumer confidence index decreased to 3.3 in February from 4.5 in January. In December, consumer confidence was 2.5. The index measuring consumers' view... Read more...

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Time (et)
Economic Indicator
Period
Actual
Forecast
Previous
Country
Thursday ,Feb.20
02:00
PPI (M-o-M)
JAN
0.8 %
 
0.1 %
Germany
02:00
PPI (Y-o-Y)
JAN
0.2 %
 
-0.2 %
Germany
02:00
GfK Consumer Confidence Survey
FEB
9.8
 
9.9
Germany
02:00
Exports
JAN
CHF 19.60 B
 
CHF 18.75 (R) B
Switzerland
02:00
Imports
JAN
CHF 16.79 B
 
CHF 16.71 (R) B
Switzerland
02:00
Trade Balance
JAN
CHF 2.81 B
 
CHF 2.04 (R) B
Switzerland
02:45
CPI (M-o-M)
JAN
0.3 %
 
0.3 %
France
02:45
CPI (Y-o-Y)
JAN
1.6 %
1.2 %
1.5 %
France
02:45
CPI - EU Harmonised (Y-o-Y)
JAN
1.7 %
 
1.6 %
France
04:30
Retail Sales (M-o-M)
JAN
0.9 %
1.5 %
-0.5 (R) %
UK
04:30
Retail Sales (Y-o-Y)
JAN
0.8 %
1.4 %
0.9 %
UK
08:30
Philly Fed's Mfr Index - Business Condition
FEB
36.7
 
17.0
United States
08:30
Initial Jobless Claims
FEB 15
210 K
208 K
206 (R) K
United States
10:00
Leading Index
JAN
0.8 %
 
-0.3 (R) %
United States
10:00
Consumer Confidence Index
FEB P
-6.6
 
-8.1
Eurozone
10:30
EIA Natural Gas Inventory (Cubic Feet)
FEB 14
2343 B
 
2494 B
United States
11:00
EIA Crude Oil Inventory (Barrels)
FEB 14
442.9 M
 
442.5 M
United States
18:30
CPI (M-o-M)
JAN
 
 
0.1 %
Japan
18:30
CPI (Y-o-Y)
JAN
 
0.65 %
0.8 %
Japan
18:30
Core CPI (M-o-M)
JAN
 
 
0.1 %
Japan
19:30
PMI Manufacturing
FEB P
 
 
48.8
Japan
23:30
All Industry Activity Index (M-o-M)
DEC
 
0.3 %
0.9 %
Japan
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