Irish Central Bank Lifts Growth Forecasts

Ireland’s central bank raised the growth forecasts for this year and next again, citing weaker than expected import growth and better investment outlook. The growth forecast for this year as raised to 4.9 percent from 4.5 percent predicted earlier, the Central Bank of Ireland said in its latest quarterly bulletin ...

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U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Drop More Than Expected To 243,000

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits fell by more than anticipated in the week ended October 7th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims dropped to 243,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 258,000. Economists ...

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Portugal Inflation Rises Further In September

Portugal’s consumer price inflation accelerated for the second straight month in September, though slightly, figures from Statistics Portugal showed Thursday. The consumer price index rose 1.4 percent year-over-year in September, faster than the 1.1 percent increase in August. Core inflation, which excludes energy and unprocessed food products, held steady at ...

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Sweden Inflation Remains Stable In September

Sweden’s consumer price inflation held steady in September, after easing marginally in the prior month, figures from Statistics Sweden showed Thursday. The consumer price index climbed 2.1 percent year-over-year in September, the same rate of increase as in August. Meanwhile, economists had expected the inflation to rise to 2.4 percent. ...

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Romania Industrial Production Climbs Sharply In August

Romania’s industrial production expanded notably in August from a year ago, figures from the National Institute of Statistics showed Thursday. Industrial production grew a seasonally and working-day-adjusted 9.8 percent year-over-year in August. Among sectors, production in the extractive industry advanced the most by 18.7 percent annually in August, followed by ...

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