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ifo-nov26_22feb19.jpg Germany's business confidence fell for a sixth straight month in February to its lowest level in over four years, as firms continue to worry that the economic outlook is set to turn bleak due to worsening global trade tensions and political crises such as Brexit.

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...

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.

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.

unemployment-021010.jpg The jobless rate in Australia was a seasonally adjusted 5.0 percent in January, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - unchanged and in line with expectations. The Australian economy added 31,900 jobs last month - blowing away forecasts for an increase of 15,000 jobs following the...

The manufacturing sector in Japan slipped into contraction in February, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Thursday with a 32-month low manufacturing PMI score of 48.5. That's down from 50.3 in January, and it sinks beneath the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction. Individually,...

The unemployment rate in Australia came in at a seasonally adjusted 5.0 percent in January, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday - unchanged and in line with expectations. The Australian economy added 31,900 jobs last month - blowing away forecasts for an increase of 15,000 jobs following...

Australia will on Thursday release January numbers for unemployment, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. The jobless rate is expected to hold steady at 5.0 percent, with the addition of 15,000 jobs following the jump of 21,600 jobs in December. The participation rate is expected...

eccles-building-110818_20feb19.jpg Investors were provided with further insight into the Federal Reserve's decision to change the forward guidance language and indicate a patient approach to raising interest rates in the minutes of the central bank's January monetary policy meeting.

Wage prices in Australia were up a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2018, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. That was shy of expectations for an increase of 0.6 percent, which would have been unchanged. On a yearly basis, wage prices advanced...

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