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Eurozone productivity falls for fourth successive month in February

Eurozone private sector productivity decreased for the fourth month running in February, but the pace of contraction eased and was moderate.

Eurozone construction activity continues to fall in February

Eurozone construction firms reported a sustained downturn in activity during February.

Global Business Outlook: Vaccine progress lifts global business confidence

The IHS Markit Global Business Outlook Survey – based on responses from a panel of 12,000 companies between February 2-25 – pointed to a notable improvement in business confidence at the start of the year.

February 2021: Fastest growth of eurozone manufacturing sector for three years

The eurozone’s manufacturing economy performed strongly in February as operating conditions improved to the greatest degree for three years.

January 2021: Industrial production up by 0.8% in euro area and by 0.7% in the EU

In January 2021, the seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.8% in the euro area and by 0.7% in the EU, compared with December 2020.

January 2021: Euro area unemployment at 8.1%

In January 2021, the euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.1%, stable compared with December 2020 and up from 7.4% in January 2020.

Strong EU trade enforcement rules enter into force

Robust new trade enforcement rules have entered into force that will further strengthen the EU’s toolbox in defending its interests. With the update of the EU’s Trade Enforcement Regulation, the EU is able to act in a broader range of

France: “Triman” product label in force

Besides the Green Dot and the “crossed-out garbage can”, the Triman Logo is probably the most important recycling symbol in e-commerce.

European Business Cycle Indicators – 4th Quarter 2020

This edition takes a closer look at the results of the autumn 2020 EU investment survey in the manufacturing sector.

European Sectors: Two-speed European economy in October

  The latest detailed European sector Purchasing Managers Index (PMI®) data indicated a continued strong rebound in output in a number of manufacturing sectors in October, especially in automobiles & auto parts where a series-record expansion was recorded. Less positively,


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