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According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, seasonally adjusted, Australian unemployment rate was 5.6% in February 2018. The number of unemployed persons increased by 8,900 to 734,100 in February 2018.
According to Eurostat, the euro area had a trade surplus of €3.3 bn in January 2018, compared with the trade deficit of €1.4 bn in January 2017. In January 2018, EU recorded a trade deficit of €20.3 bn, compared with trade deficit of €17.4 bn in January 2017.
According to the Eurostat, Euro area annual inflation was 1.1% in February 2018, down from 1.3% compared with January 2018. EU annual inflation was 1.3% in February 2018, down from 1.6% compared with January 2018.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the consumer price index for Germany in February 2018 was up by 1.4% year-on-year. Compared to January 2018, the consumer price index rose by 0.5% in February 2018.
According to Ministry of Finance of Japan, Japan's exports rose by 9.4% in December 2017 over a year earlier, imports increased by 15.0%. Japan's merchandise trade surplus was 356.2 billion yen in December 2017.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany's exports increased by 8.6% in January 2018 year on year, while imports increased by 6.7%. Upon calendar and seasonal adjustment, January’s exports fell by 0.5% month on month while imports fell by 0.5%. Trade surplus reached EUR21.3 billion in January 2018.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian GDP, seasonally adjusted, was up 2.4% year-on-year in Q4 2017. Compared with Q3 2017, GDP grew 0.4% in Q4 2017.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian retail trade figures show that sales rose 0.1% in January 2018 compared to December 2017, seasonally adjusted, following a fall of 0.5% in December 2017.
According to Eurostat, the volume of retail trade rose by 2.3% in the euro area and by 2.7% in the EU in January 2018, over a year earlier. Compared with December 2017, the volume of retail trade decreased by 0.1% in both the euro area and in the EU in January 2018.
According to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Japanese unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was 2.4% in January 2018. The number of unemployed persons was 1.59 million, a decrease of 19.3% from the previous year.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany's retail turnover increased by 2.3% year on year in real terms in January 2018. Compared to the previous month, January turnover fell by 0.7% adjusted for calendar and seasonal variations.
Eurostat released that the unemployment rate of member countries in the European Union was 7.3% in January 2018, down from 8.1% in January 2017. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Euro area was 8.6% in January 2018, down from 9.6% in January 2017.
According to the report released by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japanese retail sales rose by 1.6% in January 2018 compared with the same period last year. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, retail sales fell by 1.8% compared with December 2017.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the unemployment rate of Germany was 3.6% in January 2018. The number of unemployed persons was 1.57 million in the same period.
According to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the consumer price index (CPI) for Japan in January 2018 was 101.3, up 1.4% compared with January 2017 and up 0.4% from December 2017.
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