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  • German Jobless Claims Fall Less Than Expected in April

    FRANKFURT--German jobless claims decreased less than anticipated in April, but unemployment remained at a record low, thereby continuing to support private consumption. Jobless claims declined by 7,000 in April, the Federal Employment Agency said Friday, referring to data adjusted for seasonal swings. Economists in The Wall Street Journal's survey had predicted a drop of 15,000..

  • Slowdown in France Raises Questions Over Eurozone Recovery -- Update

    PARIS-- The French economy slowed in the first three months of the year, but Spain continued to enjoy a robust expansion, raising questions over the long-term strength of the eurozone's recovery. The European Central Bank has acknowledged that growth eased in early 2018, but said the significance of that development for the future of its stimulus programs will depend on whether it proves temporary, or was caused by more long-lasting headwinds. France's Insee statistics agency...

  • China March Service Trade Deficit at $26.2 Billion

    BEIJING--China's service trade deficit narrowed slightly in March to $26.2 billion, compared with a deficit of $27.3 billion in February, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said on Friday. China also reported $6.3 billion deficit in merchandise goods last month, compared with a $7 billion surplus in February, the official data showed. The latest data pointed to a rare double-deficit in China's foreign trade, which was also in line with data released by China's...

  • China Shanghai Rubber Futures Closing Prices, Volume

    Friday, April 27 2018 Natural Rubber Turnover: 706,678 lots Open High Low Settle Prev. Change Vol Open Settle Interest May-18 11,100 11,115 10,820 10,960 11,105 -145 28,600 36,618 Jun-18 11,110 11,110 10,950 10,970 11,185 -215 70 248 Jul-18 11,145 11,165 11,080 11,120 11,355 -235 10 136 Aug-18 11,250 11,345 11,095 11,205 11,450 -245 66 156 Sep-18 11,445 11,475 11,160 11,315 11,480 -165 638,712 522,830 Oct-18 11,430 11,470 11,325 11,375 11,575 -200 22 124 Nov-18 11,590...

  • French Consumer Spending Weaker Than Expected in March

    PARIS--French consumer spending rose less than expected in March as households spent less on energy and clothing, statistics showed Friday. Consumer spending rose only 0.1% on month in March after a 2.5% jump in February, French statistics agency Insee said. Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had forecast a 0.3% increase in March.

  • French Inflation Steady in April

    PARIS--French inflation steadied in April as strong price rises in energy and food offset a slowdown in services prices and a decline in manufactured goods prices, statistics showed Friday. France's consumer price index in April rose 1.6% on year, the same increase recorded in March, national statistics agency Insee said. Month-on-month, the CPI rose 0.1% in April.

  • Slowdown in France Raises Questions Over Eurozone Recovery -- Update

    PARIS-- French growth slowed in the first quarter, indicating President Emmanuel Macron's economic honeymoon is coming to an end and raising questions over the long-term strength of the eurozone's recovery. Gross domestic product in the eurozone's second-largest economy expanded only 0.3% in the first three months of the year from the final quarter of 2017, statistics agency Insee said Friday. Throughout 2017, quarterly growth had been consistently above 0.5% and clocked...

  • Demand Up For Durables, But Capital Goods Lag -- WSJ

    This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of WSJ.com articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal. WASHINGTON-- Demand for long-lasting U.S. factory goods rose in March due to increased aircraft orders, but an underlying proxy for business investment fell for the second time in three months. Orders for durable goods-- manufactured products intended to last at least three years, such as stoves and industrial robots--...

  • French Growth Slows

    PARIS--French growth slowed in the first quarter, indicating President Emmanuel Macron's economic honeymoon is coming to an end, and raising questions over the long-term strength of the eurozone's recovery. Gross domestic product in the eurozone's second largest economy expanded only 0.3% in the first three months of the year from the final quarter of 2017, statistics agency Insee said Friday. Throughout 2017, France's quarterly growth had been consistently above 0.5%...

  • Renault 1Q Revenue Rose, Confirms 2018 Guidance

    Renault SA (RNSDF) said Friday that its revenue rose slightly in the first quarter. Revenue rose 0.2% to 13.16 billion euros from EUR13.13 billion in the same period last year, the French car group said. Excluding its Russian business Avtovaz, revenue at its automotive division was EUR11.65 billion in the quarter, Renault said.

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