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27/03/2017 - 27 03 2017 - German business morale hit its highest level in nearly six years in March, suggesting company executives in Europe's largest economy are brushing off concerns about the threat of rising protectionism and Germany's own election issues. The surprisingly strong business climate index, published on Monday by the Munich-based Ifo economic institute, added to signs that the German economy is firing on all cylinders at the start of 2017. REUTERS
27/03/2017 - 26 03 2017 - China will substantially cut the number of sectors closed to foreign investment, its central bank governor said on Sunday. But Zhou Xiochuan of the People's Bank of China (PBOC) also said that as his country opens wider, "we want China to get fair treatment overseas". Zhou said Beijing is in talks with Japan and European and ASEAN countries about bilateral trade and investment agreements, but is "waiting for the U.S. new administration to decide" how to move forward on agreements. REUTERS
24/03/2017 - 24 03 2017 - Business across the euro zone marked the end of the first quarter by ramping up activity at the fastest pace in almost six years to meet burgeoning demand that came despite sharper price rises, a survey found. IHS Markit's Flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index - seen as a good guide to growth - climbed to 56.7 from February's 56.0, its highest reading since April 2011. REUTERS
24/03/2017 - 23 03 2017 - Headline inflation in the eurozone has increased largely thanks to rising energy and food prices but underlying inflation pressures continue to remain subdued, the European Central Bank said in its latest monthly bulletin. "The governing council will continue to look through changes in HICP inflation if judged to be transient and to have no implication for the medium-term outlook for price stability," it noted. RADIOCOR
22/03/2017 - 22 03 2017 The European Commission is seeking to crack down on states using regulatory shortcuts to lure business from Britain and said on Tuesday it is considering a more powerful securities watchdog to counter fragmentation after Brexit. As Britain, now the European Union's biggest financial center, prepares to leave the bloc, its major continental rivals are scrambling to attract relocating firms and staff. REUTERS
22/03/2017 - 21 03 2017 - The UK consumer price index in February rose an annual 2.3%, accelerating from the 1.8% increase seen in January, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics. CPI including owner occupiers' housing costs (CPIH) also rose 2.3% year on year, accelerating from the 1.9% rise in the earlier month. The rate in February 2017 was the highest since September 2013, having steadily increased since late 2015. RADIOCOR
20/03/2017 - 18 03 2017 - China opposes various forms of trade protectionism and supports free trade, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said on Sunday, reaffirming Beijing's stance amid worries over weak global demand. "China is willing to work with other countries to oppose various forms of trade and investment protectionism," Zhang told the China Development Forum in Beijing. "We should unwaveringly push forward economic globalization ... we cannot stop our footsteps because of temporary difficulties." REUTERS
20/03/2017 - 18 03 2017 - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) called for Italy to improve the efficiency of its public administration, taxation, and active labor market policies to boost its economic growth. In the country recommendations included in the Going for Growth 2017 report, the OECD also invited the government to reduce the tax wedge, fight vigorously tax evasion and reduce job-skill mismatch. RADIOCOR
17/03/2017 - 17 03 2017 - The euro zone recorded in January a trade deficit for the first time in three years as a rise in exports from a year earlier was more than offset by a larger increase of imports, the European Union statistics office said on Friday. Eurostat said the 19-country currency area recorded a 0.6 billion euro ($646.4 million) deficit in January in its trade balance with states outside the bloc. REUTERS
17/03/2017 - 16 03 2017 - Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco on Thursday said leaving the Eurozone would be "traumatic and disastrous". "The solution is not an orderly exit from the euro, because it would be a traumatic and disastrous exit and it is up to us to avoid it", Visco said, speaking about the problems affecting the European Union and single currency. ANSA
15/03/2017 - 15 03 2017 - Italy's annual inflation rate was 1.6% in February, the highest rate in four years, ISTAT said Wednesday. The national statistics agency revised up the figure after putting inflation at 1.5% in its flash estimate. The annual inflation rate was 1% in January. The last time inflation was higher was in February 2013, when it stood at 1.9%. ANSA
15/03/2017 - 15 03 2017 - Italy's public debt stood at 2.250 trillion euros at end January, up 32.7 billion on the previous month, according to data from the Bank of Italy. The increase was attributed to a rise in the treasury's liquidity, which increased 34.3 billion euros in the month to 66.4 billion. It amounted to 63.5 billion euros the year earlier. RADIOCOR
13/03/2017 - 13/03/2017 - The economic policies of U.S. President Donald Trump could hurt global trade and could speed up an increase in U.S. interest rates, European Central Bank policy maker Ignazio Visco said. "Given the current situation of the U.S. economy, which is close to full employment, strong fiscal expansion risks having a pro-cyclical impact. In such a case, the process of normalizing monetary conditions undertaken by the Federal Reserve could be less gradual. The consequent appreciation of the dollar and increase in medium-to-long-term interest rates, which up until now have been contained, could accentuate and reverberate their impact on international markets." REUTERS
13/03/2017 - 13/03/2017 - Italian industrial production dropped by 2.3% in January with respect to December and by 0.5% with respect to the same month in 2016, according to seasonally adjusted data released by ISTAT on Monday. It is the first year-on-year drop after five consecutive rises, including a 6.8% increase in December. ANSA
10/03/2017 - 10 03 2017 - The Italian unemployment rate rose to 11.9% in the fourth quarter from 11.7% in the previous three months as more people enter the labour market, according to the statistics office Istat. The percent of people outside the labour market, considered as inactive, fell by 0.3 percentage points to 34.7%. Meanwhile, the employment rose 0.1 percentage points to 57.4%. RADIOCOR
10/03/2017 - 09 03 2017 - The European Central Bank sees no more "urgency" in approving further monetary stimulus as deflation is no longer a risk, ECB President Mario Draghi said. The central bank confirmed its interest rates and asset purchase program, as expected, but Draghi said the eurozone's cyclic recovery is gaining momentum and consumer prices are picking up although underlying inflation remains subdued. RADIOCOR
08/03/2017 - 07 03 2017 - Italian growth should stay steady at 1% in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the lowest for the current year among the bigger members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the OECD said Tuesday. Italian statistics agency ISTAT meanwhile saw "signs of a moderate economic improvement" in Italy, led by industry while services would lag and investments would improve. ANSA
08/03/2017 - 07 03 2017 - Barclays economists on Tuesday lowered their forecast for U.S. gross domestic product in the first quarter to an annualized rate of 1.6 percent from 1.9 percent after data showed the U.S. trade gap grew to a near five-year wide in January. "Trade was a significant drag on GDP growth in Q4 16 (-1.7 pp), following a very strong increase in imports. While we do not expect this large of a headwind to be repeated in Q1 17, the January trade data suggest another drag on growth may be in store," the Barclays economists wrote in a research note. REUTERS
06/03/2017 - 06 03 2017 - Investor confidence in the eurozone in March rose to 20.7 points from 17.4 points in February, its highest level in a decade, according to the latest Sentix index. "Investors' economic expectations are on the rise for all major world regions," said Sentix. "Therefore, last month's drop is just a temporary correction. We believe that there is no imminent threat to economic prosperity." RADIOCOR
06/03/2017 - 05 03 2017 - Britain's factories are growing at their fastest pace in more than three years, helped by the fall in the value of the pound after the Brexit vote and a recovery in core markets in Europe, a survey showed on Monday. The survey, by manufacturing lobby group EEF and consultancy BDO, added to signs that British factories are enjoying a growth spurt, something that Brexit supporters said would be one of the early benefits of leaving the European Union. However, many economists say the revival is unlikely to offset fully the impact on the economy of slower consumer spending as sterling's fall pushes up inflation. REUTERS