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Norway's retail sales grew in January after falling in the previous month, figures from Statistics Norway showed on Thursday. Retail sales rose 0.5 percent month-on-month in January, after a 2.1 percent fall in December. Economists had expected the sales to rise 1.1 percent. In November, sales increased...

Finland's manufacturing sentiment improved in February, survey data from the Confederation of Finnish Industries showed on Thursday. The manufacturing confidence index improved to -3 in February from -8 in January. The reading was well below its long-term average of +1. The construction confidence...

Finland's consumer confidence decreased at a softer pace in February, survey data from Statistics Finland showed on Thursday. The consumer sentiment index rose to -4.5 in February from -4.6 in January. In December, the score was -4.2. Among four components of the confidence index, views of their...

Dutch business confidence rose in February after falling in the previous month, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed on Thursday. The business sentiment index rose to 3.7 in February from 2.5 in January. The average score for the past twenty years was one. Producers were more positive...

preview-oct30_26feb20.jpg Economic confidence data from euro area is due on Thursday, headlining a busy day for the European economic news. At 2.00 am ET, retail sales from Norway and economic confidence from Turkey are due. Economists forecast Norway retail sales to grow 1.1 percent on month in January.

Private capital expenditure in Australia was down a seasonally adjusted 2.8 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2019, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - coming in at A$28.454 billion. That missed expectations for an increase of 0.5 percent following the 0.4 percent drop...

newzealandcpi-071510.jpg New Zealand posted a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$340 million in January, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday. That beat expectations for a shortfall of NZ$549 million following the NZ$547 million surplus in December. Exports climbed an annual 8.8 percent or NZ$382 million in January to...

New Zealand had a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$340 million in January, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday. That beat expectations for a shortfall of NZ$549 million following the NZ$547 million surplus in December. Exports climbed an annual 8.8 percent in January to NZ$4.73 billion, exceeding...

New Zealand is on Thursday scheduled to release January figures for imports, exports and trade balance, highlighting a light day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Imports are expected to be worth NZ$5.00 billion, roughly unchanged from the December reading. Exports are pegged at NZ$4.44 billion,...

newhomesales-2-022620.jpg Partly reflecting sharp increases in the Midwest and West, the Commerce Department released a report on Wednesday showing new home sales in the U.S. jumped to their highest level in over twelve years in the month of January. The report said new home sales spiked by 7.9 percent to an annual rate of 764,000 in January.

Germany's economy is set to grow a modest 0.1 percent in the first quarter of 2020 as the industrial sector is set to remain sluggish and the spread of the coronavirus across the world dampen business sentiment, the DIW think tank said Wednesday. The DIW economic barometer fell by four points to...

hongkong-sept06_26feb20.jpg Hong Kong unveiled a record high budget deficit for the next fiscal year as the government plans to implement counter-cyclical measures of a massive scale of over HK$120 billion to kickstart the economy that sunk into recession after political unrest, and whose outlook is further damped by the coronavirus outbreak.

UK shop prices declined at a faster pace in February as weak demand forced further promotion, data from the British Retail Consortium showed on Wednesday. The BRC-Nielsen shop price index declined 0.6 percent versus a 0.3 percent fall in January. Non-food prices fell at the highest rate since May...

Austria's manufacturing sector expanded in February, marking the best performance in a year, survey results from IHS Markit showed on Wednesday. The headline UniCredit Bank Austria manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.2 in February from 49.2 in January. This was the highest score in...

Hungary's average gross earnings growth slowed in December, figures from the Hungarian Central Statistical Office showed on Wednesday. Average gross earnings grew 13.1 percent year-on-year in December, after a 13.9 percent increase in November. In October, earnings grew 11.6 percent. The average...

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