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Overall nationwide consumer prices in Japan were up just 0.2 percent on year in January, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday. That was in line with expectations and down from 0.3 percent in December. Core consumer prices, which excludes volatile food prices, was up...

Japan will on Friday release January figures for consumer prices, setting the pace for a modest day in Asia-Pacific economic activity. Overall nationwide inflation is predicted to gain just 0.2 percent on year, slowing from 0.3 percent in December. Core CPI is tipped to rise 0.8 percent, up from 0.7...

leading-indicator-index2-022119.jpg With weakness in labor market components offsetting strengths in the financial components, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday unexpectedly showing a modest drop by its reading on leading U.S. economic indicators in the month of January.

existing-home-sales-022119.jpg Existing home sales in the U.S. unexpectedly showed a steep drop in the month of January, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Thursday. NAR said existing home sales tumbled by 1.2 percent to an annual rate of 4.94 million.

ecb-102418_21feb19.jpg European Central Bank policymakers acknowledged that the uncertainty surrounding the euro area growth and inflation outlook has risen recently, thus raising the need for significant stimulus, possibly in the form of a new batch of longer term loans for banks to boost lending to the real economy, minutes of the January 23-24 policy session showed on Thursday.

philly-fed-022119.jpg Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity contracted for the first time since May of 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia revealed in a report released on Thursday. The Philly Fed said its index for current manufacturing activity in the region tumbled to a negative 4.1 in February.

durable-goods-orders-022119.jpg Reflecting a continued spike in orders for transportation equipment, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing a significant increase in U.S. durable goods orders in the month of December.

jobless-claims-022119.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits fell more than expected in the week ended February 16th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims dropped to 216,000.

Poland's retail sales grew robustly in January, figures from Statistics Poland showed on Thursday. Retail sales in constant prices climbed 5.2 percent year-on-year in January, compared to a 7.7 percent rise in January 2018. Sales of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels showed the biggest growth of...

France's consumer price inflation eased for a third consecutive month to its lowest level in eleven months in January, latest figures from the statistical office INSEE confirmed on Thursday. The consumer price index rose 1.2 percent year-on-year following a 1.6 percent increase in December. That was...

Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity contracted for the first time since May of 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia revealed in a report released on Thursday.

Reflecting a continued spike in orders for transportation equipment, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing a significant increase in U.S. durable goods orders in the month of December.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits fell more than expected in the week ended February 16th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

Germany's consumer price inflation slowed in January to its lowest level in nearly a year, latest data from Destatis confirmed on Thursday. The consumer price index advanced 1.4 percent year-on-year in January, slower than the revised 1.6 percent increase in December. On a month-on-month basis,...

eurozoneflag-july24_21feb19.jpg Eurozone's private sector expanded at the fastest pace in three months in February, led by stronger growth in services, while manufacturing contracted, preliminary survey data from IHS Markit showed on Thursday. The flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 51.4 from 51 in January. Economists had forecast a score of 51.1. A PMI reading above 50 suggests growth in the sector.

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