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Thu, May 13th - 7:18AM

First Quarter Rise In GDP In Europe

GDP rose by 0.2% in Q1 2010 compared with the previous quarter in both the euro area and the EU27 according to Eurostat. Compared with the same quarter in the previous year GDP increased by 0.5% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU27.

US GDP rose 0.8% Q1 2010 on Q4 2009 and by 2.5% in Q1 2010 on Q1 2009. In EU27, Slovakia's GDP rose by 4.6% and Latvia's fell by 5.1%. In the euro area, Germany's GDP rose by 1.5% and Greece's fell by 2.3%.

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Thu, May 13th - 7:14AM

Economic Expansion May Be Slowing Down

The Composite Leading Indicators from the OECD for March 2010 suggest that where the economic expansion has been taking place there may be a slowdown in the pace. Most of the signs of expansion and recovery have been tentative say the OECD but in France and Italy the signs are stronger. There is also a possibility that expansion may also be slowing progressĀ in Brazil and China.

The CLI indicator for the OECD area as a whole was 0.6 points up in March 2010 with the US increasing by 0.8 and Japan by 0.9 points. The euro area increased by 0.5. Brazil and China both decreased by 0.3 points indicating the possible halt to expansion in China and to recovery in Brazil. India and Russia increased slightly by 0.3 and 0.6 points respectively.

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Thu, May 13th - 7:11AM

Industrial Producer Prices Rise In Europe

The monthly industrial producer price index for the euro area went up 0.6% and the EU27 0.7% in March 2010. PricesĀ in the energy sector increased by 1.7% in the euro area and 1.6% in the EU27. Durable consumer goods also rose by 0.1% in the euro area and 0.3% in the EU27. Capital goods were unchanged in the euro area but increased by 0.2% in the EU27. Non-durables fell by 0.1% and remained stable respectively.

The annual index went up by 0.9% in the euro area and 1.7% in the EU27 in March 2010 compared with March 2009. The total industry index excluding energy increased 0.1% in the euro area and 0.3% in the EU27. The prices index in the energy sector rose by 2.8% and 5.12% respectively. Intermediate goods rose by 0.8% in both zones. Durables increased by 0.3% in the euro area and 0.5% in the EU27. Non-durables fell by 0.5% and 0.2% respectively. Capital goods fell by 0.5% in the euro area and 0.1% in the EU27.

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Thu, May 13th - 7:06AM

MUICP Inflation 1.5%
Euro area inflation is expected to be 1.5% in April from 1.4% in March according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Euro inflation is measured by the Monetary Union Index of Consumer Prices (MUICP).
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Thu, May 13th - 7:04AM

Fall In Investment In Europe

The gross investment rate of non-financial corporations in the EU27 zone was 20.3% in Q4 2009 from 20.6% in Q3 according to Eurostat. In the eurozone the rate was 20.4% in Q4 from 20.7% in the previous quarter. The gross investment rate of non-financial corporations in the eurozone fell as gross fixed capital formation fell 0.9% and value added grew 0.6%. Eurozone stocks of materials, supplies and finished goods continued to decrease for the fourth quarter in a row.

The business profit share of non-financial corporations in EU27 was 37.1% in Q4 2009 from 36.9% in 2008. The eurozone profit share was 37.9% from 37.5% in Q3 2009. The eurozone profit share of non-financial corporations increased as value added grew 0.6%. Wage costs plus taxes minus subsidies on production was unchanged.

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