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First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly edged lower in the week ended May 18th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

European Central Bank policymakers acknowledged that they were less confident regarding a return of solid growth in the euro area in the second half of the year, minutes of the April 9-10 policy session showed on Thursday. While the more protracted "soft patch" suggested by the latest data remained...

Switzerland's industrial production grew at a steady pace in the first quarter, provisional data from the Federal Statistical Office showed Thursday. In the first quarter, industrial output grew 4.3 percent from the previous year, the same rate as seen in the fourth quarter. Production advanced 4.2...

eurozonepmi-may23.jpg Eurozone private sector growth remained subdued in May as manufacturing contracted further, survey data from IHS Markit showed Thursday. The composite output index rose marginally to 51.6 in May from 51.5 in April. The score was forecast to rise to 51.7. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.

Latvia's producer price inflation slowed for the fourth straight month in April, figures from the Central Statistical Bureau showed on Thursday. The consumer price index climbed 3.8 percent year-on-year in April, following a 4.1 percent rise in March. In December, prices rose 5.4 percent. Among...

Hong Kong consume price inflation rose in April after remaining steady in the previous month, data from the Census and Statistics Department showed on Thursday. The consumer price index rose 2.9 percent in April, following a 2.1 percent increase in March and February. Prices for housing increased...

Poland retail sales grew at a faster-than-expected rate in April, figures from Statistics Poland showed on Thursday. Retail sales rose 11.9 percent year-on-year in April, compared to a 4.0 percent increase in April 2018. Economists had expected a 10.0 percent gain. Other retail sales in non-specialized...

Taiwan's industrial output rose for the first time in five months in April, defying expectations for a decline, data from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed on Thursday. Industrial output rose 1.04 percent year-on-year in April, after a 9.38 percent fall in March. Economists had expected a decline...

France's private sector activity expanded at the fastest pace in six months in May, flash survey data from IHS Markit showed Thursday. Another monthly survey from the statistical office Insee showed that manufacturing confidence also improved to a 6-month high in May. The flash composite output...

Germany's business confidence weakened for a second straight month and at a faster-than-expected pace in May, survey results from the Ifo Institute showed Thursday. The Ifo business confidence index fell to 97.9 from 99.2 in April. Economists had forecast a score of 99.1. The current assessment...

The euro area private sector expanded in May but the pace of growth remained subdued, survey data from IHS Markit showed Thursday. The composite output index rose marginally to 51.6 in May from 51.5 in April. The score was forecast to rise to 51.7. A score above 50 indicates expansion. However,...

Finland's jobless rate rose in April after easing in the previous month, data from Statistics Finland showed on Thursday. The jobless rate for the 15 to 74 age group rose to 8.0 percent in April from 7.0 percent in March. In the corresponding month last year, the unemployment rate was 8.6 percent. ...

Germany's private sector expanded at a moderate pace in May, survey data from IHS Markit showed Thursday. The composite output index rose unexpectedly to a 3-month high 52.4 in May from 52.2 in April. Economists had forecast a reading of 52.0 for May. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the...

Norway's unemployment rate dropped in March, labor force survey from Statistics Norway showed Thursday. The jobless rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.5 percent in March from 3.7 percent in December. The expected rate was 3.7 percent. The rate for March indicates average for February to April...

Singapore's inflation rose for the third straight month in April, data from the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Ministry of Trade and Industry showed on Thursday. Consumer price inflation rose to 0.8 percent in April from 0.6 percent in March. Data showed that private road transport and...

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