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jobless claims3 042221 After reporting a sharp pullback in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the previous week, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday unexpectedly showing a continued decline in initial jobless claims in the week ended April 17.

ecbank sep12 22apr21 The European Central Bank left its interest rates and asset purchases unchanged on Thursday, as the resurgence of the coronavirus infections and continuing lockdowns have damped the prospects of an economic rebound later this year. The Governing Council, led by ECB President Christine Lagarde, left...

After reporting a sharp pullback in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the previous week, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday unexpectedly showing a continued decline in initial jobless claims in the week ended April 17.

Ireland's wholesale prices decreased further in March, data from the Central Statistics Office showed on Thursday. Wholesale prices decreased 10.1 percent annually in March, following a 14.0 percent decline in February. On a monthly basis, wholesale prices rose 1.0 percent in March, following a...

Hong Kong's unemployment rate decreased in March, the labor force statistics from the Census and Statistics Department showed on Thursday. The unemployment rate rose to a seasonally adjusted 6.8 percent in three months to March from 7.2 percent in three months to February The underemployment rate...

Taiwan's unemployment rate decreased marginally in March, data from the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics showed on Thursday. The unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.72 percent in March from 3.73 percent in February. On an unadjusted basis, the jobless rate...

UK manufacturing orders grew at the fastest pace in two years and the optimism among manufacturers rose the most since 1973, survey results from the Confederation of British Industry showed on Thursday. The order book balance rose to +5 percent in three months to April from -12 percent in January,...

Belgium's consumer confidence weakened in April as households' expectations regarding the economy and employment prospects worsened amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections across Europe, survey data from the National Bank of Belgium showed Thursday. The consumer confidence index dropped to -6...

Italy's industrial turnover rose at a softer pace in February, data from the statistical office Istat showed on Thursday. Industrial turnover rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent monthly in February, after a 2.6 percent increase in January. In December, industrial turnover grew 1.1 percent. Turnover...

French manufacturing confidence improved in April, monthly survey data from the statistical office Insee showed on Thursday. The manufacturing sentiment index advanced to 104 in April from 99.0 in March. Economists had forecast the index to remain at 99.0. The reading exceeded its long-term average...

Poland's retail sales increased in March, figures from Statistics Poland showed on Thursday. Retail sales grew 11.5 percent year-on-year in March, following a 8.9 percent rise in the same month last year. Sales of textiles, clothing, footwear accelerated 93.0 percent yearly in March and those...

Turkey's consumer confidence declined in April, survey results from the Turkish Statistical Institute showed on Thursday. The consumer confidence index fell to 80.2 in April from 86.7 in March. The survey was carried out in cooperation with the Turkish Statistical Institute and the Central Bank...

Switzerland's exports grew in the first quarter, data from the Federal Customs Administration showed on Thursday. Exports increased 4.9 percent sequentially in the first quarter, following a 13 percent rise in the fourth quarter. Imports grew 1.9 percent in the first quarter, after a 1.1 percent...

Norway's industrial confidence improved in the first quarter, data from Statistics Norway showed on Thursday. The industrial confidence index rose to 8.2 in the first quarter from 3.8 in the fourth quarter. The sub-index for the total volume of production decreased to 51.4 in the first quarter...

Denmark consumer confidence increased in April, survey data from Statistics Denmark showed on Thursday. The consumer confidence index rose to -1.1 in April from -5.0 in March. The average for the past six months was -4.5. The index measuring consumers' view regarding the future personal financial...

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