Economic and Market News for 14 December 2017

  • 14 Dec
    Conference Board leading index falls

    The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the UK decreased 0.2% in October 2017 to 111.7 (2010=100). The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index (CEI) for the UK was unchanged in...

  • 14 Dec
    BoE votes to maintain level of corporate bond purchases

    The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to maintain the stock of sterling non-financial investment-grade corporate bond purchases, financed by the issuance of central...

  • 14 Dec
    BoE keeps interest rate on hold at 0.5%

    Bank of England policy makers have decided to keep the baseline interest rate on hold at 0.5%. Story provided by

  • 14 Dec
    US jobless claims fall by 11k

    In the week ending 9 December, initial claims were 225,000, representing a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 236,000, the Department of Labor reported today. The...

  • 14 Dec
    US core retail sales rise in November

    US retail sales excluding motor vehicles and parts - the so-called core retail sales - rose on an adjusted basis to $390,272m in November from $386,237m in October, the US Census Bureau said...

  • 14 Dec
    US retail sales rise 0.8%

    Advance estimates of US retail and food services sales for November 2017, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $492.7bn, an...

  • 14 Dec
    BioPharma Credit to issue up to 152.3m shares

    BioPharma Credit has announced a proposal to issue up to 152,375,471 ordinary shares on a non pre-emptive basis. It said the shares would be at US$1.0114 which was the most recently published NAV...

  • 14 Dec
    Swiss producer and import prices rise

    Swiss producer and import prices increased by 0.6% in November 2017 compared to the previous month, reaching 101.6 points. The increase was mainly due to higher prices for petroleum products,...

  • 14 Dec
    French private sector output stays strong

    The rate of expansion in the French private sector economy remains among the sharpest recorded since data were first available in May 1998, with the IHS Markit Flash France Composite Output Index...

  • 14 Dec
    UK retail sales growth stays strong

    UK retail sales grew by 0.8% in the three months to November, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). When compared with October 2017, the quantity bought in November 2017 increased...

  • 14 Dec
    Eurozone sees record manufacturing growth

    The eurozone economy picked up further momentum at the end of 2017, with December seeing the fastest growth of business activity for nearly seven years. The headline IHS Markit Eurozone PMI rose...

  • 14 Dec
    SNB leaves expansionary monetary policy unchanged

    The Swiss National Bank (SNB) is maintaining its expansionary monetary policy, with the aim of stabilising price developments and supporting economic activity. Interest on sight deposits at the...

  • 14 Dec
    German economy finishes 2017 on a high note

    German firms finished 2017 on a high note by recording the sharpest growth in business activity in more than six-and-a-half years, according to December's flash PMI survey from IHS Markit. The...

  • 14 Dec
    French CPI up 0.1% in November

    The French Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 0.1% in November, led by an acceleration in energy prices and an increase in tobacco prices. Services and manufactured goods prices fell back...

  • 14 Dec
    Man Group buys back shares

    Man Group bought back 289,269 ordinary shares for cancellation yesterday at a weighted average price of 203.1430p apiece under its $100m share repurchase programme. At 8:49am: (LON:EMG) Man Group...

  • 14 Dec
    BP buys back shares

    BP bought back 1,800,000 ordinary shares yesterday at the volume weighted average price of 509.1187p apiece for cancellation. At 8:49am: (LON:BP.) BP PLC share price was +0.9p at 506.3p Story...

  • 14 Dec
    Domino's Pizza to increase ownership of Domino's Iceland

    Domino's Pizza Group is acquiring a further 44.3% shareholding in Domino's Iceland for €30.2 million, taking ownership to 95.3%. The group also announced completion of refinancing with new...

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