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Operating conditions in Japan worsen at fastest rate in over three years
Japan conditionsApril 2, 2016 ET
Operating conditions at Japanese manufacturers deteriorated at the end of the first quarter of 2016.
EU's top trading partners: U.S. for exports, China for imports
EU tradingApril 2, 2016 ET
In 2015, the United States (€619 bn, or 18% of total EU trade in goods) and China (€521 bn, or 15%) continued to be the two main goods trading partners of the European Union (EU), well ahead of Switzerland (€253 bn, or 7%) and Russia (€210 bn, or 6%).
Russia's manufacturing sector contracts further in March
Russia's manufacturingApril 2, 2016 ET
The contraction in Russia's manufacturing sector intensified in March as companies continued to cut jobs, a Markit survey of purchasing managers showed.
U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in March, unemployment 5%
ManufacturingApril 1, 2016 ET
The U.S. economy gained 215,000 jobs in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says in its monthly report.
Eurozone CPI improves in March but remains negative
BerlinApril 1, 2016 ET
The eurozone consumer prices index improved in March but remained in negative territory at -0.1%, according to a flash estimate by Eurostat that was in line with consensus forecasts.
Mexico trade balance swings to deficit of $725 million
MexicoApril 1, 2016 ET
Mexico recorded a trade deficit of $725 million in February of 2016, compared to a $591.5 million surplus a year earlier and market expectations of a $400 million gap.
Czech central bank holds interest rate, exchange unchanged
Czech central bankApril 1, 2016 ET
The Czech central bank held its key interest rate steady for a 26th straight month though policymakers continued to explore the use of negative interest rates.
Brazilian Central Bank expects inflation above the target
Brazil street marketApril 1, 2016 ET
Under the estimation that the inflation rate will go beyond the target this year, the Brazilian Central Bank (BC) said it’s not considering a reduction of the Selic, the benchmark interest rates.
Israel's services exports fall for first time in six years
Israel exportApril 1, 2016 ET
The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute reported on Wednesday services exports fell during 2015 for the first time in six years.
German retail sales unexpectedly drop in February
German retailApril 1, 2016 ET
German retail sales unexpectedly fell in February, according to figures released by Destatis.
UK Q4 economic growth GDP revised higher with 0.6% increase
UK economic growthApril 1, 2016 ET
UK economic growth in the fourth quarter was unexpectedly revised higher by the Office for National Statistics.
Turkey trade deficit lowest since October of 2009
Turkish tradeApril 1, 2016 ET
Turkish trade gap narrowed by 32.8 percent year-on-year to $3,165 million in February of 2016.

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