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Belgium's business confidence improved further in January, extending the upward trend seen since September, survey results from the National Bank of Belgium showed on Friday. The business confidence index climbed to -2 from -3.4 in December. The business climate improved in all branches of activity,...

Professional forecasters raised the euro area economic growth forecast for this year, while slashed the projection for next year, results of a quarterly survey by the European Central Bank showed on Friday. The growth forecast for this year was raised to 1.1 percent from 1 percent in the fourth quarter...

ukpmi-aug03_24jan20.jpg The UK private sector returned to growth in January as the receding political uncertainty lifted new orders, survey results from IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply showed Friday. The flash composite output index rose to a 16-month high of 52.4 in January from 49.3 in December.

eurozoneservices-july_24jan20.jpg The euro area private sector grew at the same moderate pace as seen in the final month of 2019, reflecting muted pace of new order growth, flash survey data from IHS Markit showed Friday. The composite output index held steady at 50.9 in January, indicating a further muted increase in activity across the currency bloc. The score was expected to rise to 51.1.

The Czech Republic's economic confidence weakened in January after rising in the previous month, survey results from the Czech Statistical Office showed on Friday. The economic sentiment index fell to 98.1 in January from 99.1 in December. In November, the confidence index stood at 98.5. Likewise,...

Spain producer prices declined at a slower rate in December, data from the statistical office INE showed on Friday. The producer price index fell 1.9 percent on year in December, following a revised 2.4 percent decrease in November. Prices have declined for the seventh straight month. Excluding...

Austria's production index declined in November on weaker industrial output, data from Statistics Austria showed on Friday. The production index decreased 2.1 percent year-on-year in November, following a 0.8 percent fall in October. Industrial output fell 4.5 percent annually in November, while...

Finland's producer prices dropped in December and the jobless rate rose from the previous month, figures from Statistics Finland showed on Friday. The producer price index fell 0.8 percent year-on-year in December, the same pace of decline as seen in November. On a monthly basis, producer prices...

The Bank of Japan should closely watch the effects of the slowdown in overseas economies and the sales tax hike on the Japanese economy, according to the minutes of the policy meeting held on December 18 and 19. A few members expressed the view that signs of a pick-up having started to be seen in...

The UK private sector returned to growth in January driven by a sharp rise in new work, survey results from IHS Markit and Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply showed Friday. The composite output index rose to a 16-month high of 52.4 in January from 49.3 in December. The headline reading...

The euro area private sector grew at the same moderate pace as seen in the final month of 2019, survey data from IHS Markit showed Friday. The composite output index held steady at 50.9 in January. A score above 50 indicates expansion in the sector. The score was expected to rise to 51.1. The services...

Germany's private sector gained momentum in January as services activity grew at the fastest pace in five months amid a slower decline in manufacturing, flash survey results from IHS Markit showed Friday. The flash composite output index rose more-than-expected to 51.1 in January from 50.2 in December....

France's private sector grew at the slowest pace in four months in January, flash survey data from IHS Markit showed Friday. The flash composite output index fell to 51.5 in January from 52.0 in December. The score signaled the slowest growth since last September. The reading was forecast to remain...

Singapore industrial production declined at a slower pace in December, data from the Economic Development Board showed on Friday. Industrial production decreased 0.7 percent year-on-year in December, following an 8.9 percent drop in November. Economists had forecast a 0.6 percent fall. Excluding...

preview-jan24.jpg Flash Purchasing managers' survey data from euro area and the UK are due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 1.00 am ET, Statistics Finland is scheduled to issue labor force survey and producer prices for December. At 3.00 am ET, Spain's INE releases producer prices for December.

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