Chicago PMI Tumbles to Lowest Point Since July 2009

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

An economic snapshot of the manufacturing heavy U.S. fell to its lowest level since July 2009. The Chicago Business Barometer, formerly known as the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index, tumbled to 45.8 in February from January's 59.4. The index fell below ...

Germany Approves Greek Bailout Extension -- 2nd Update

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Harriet Torry BERLIN--Germany's lower house of parliament approved a four-month extension of Greece's bailout Friday, but the majority of 'no' votes came from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc in a clear sign of growing impatience with the leftist government ...

U.S. Consumer Price Index--Historical

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

Index levels and year-on-year percent changes are unadjusted. Month-on-month percent changes are seasonally adjusted. M-O-M denotes month-on-month percent changes. Y-O-Y denotes year-on-year percent changes. Source: U.S. Labor Department. CPI-U CPI-U, Less All Items Food and Energy Energy Food M-O-M Y-O-Y ...

End-February Consumer Sentiment Index at 95.4

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

The final reading of a measure of February consumer optimism remained below its January level, according to data released Friday. The University of Michigan final February sentiment index stood at 95.4, which was up from the preliminary reading of 93.6 ...

End of February Consumer Sentiment Index Comes In at 95.4

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Kathleen Madigan The final reading of a measure of February consumer optimism remained below its January level, according to data released Friday. The University of Michigan final February sentiment index stood at 95.4, which was up from the preliminary ...

U.S. GDP/Corporate Profits-Historical - Feb 27

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

Percent changes for U.S. gross domestic product are seasonally adjusted at annual rates. Source: U.S. Commerce Department. --Chained-- Blns Blns GDP GDP Current Chained Real Price ImplicitCorp Prof Dlrs 2009 Dlrs Real GDPGDP PCE Index Price After Tax Level Level ...

Eurozone Inflation Likely to Start Recovering

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Jon Sindreu LONDON--Analysts expect official figures for headline inflation in the eurozone, due this coming week, to show that prices continued to fall in February, but at a slower pace. "Oil prices have started to stabilize and, if that ...

U.S. Government Bonds Set for Biggest Monthly Loss Since 2013

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Min Zeng U.S. government bonds are poised for the biggest monthly price loss since the summer of 2013 after a steep rally, as debate is heating up on whether the Federal Reserve may raise official interest rates in June, ...

Vivendi Accepts Altice Offer to Buy 20% Numericable-SFR Stake

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Ruth Bender and Sam Schechner PARIS-- Vivendi SA Friday accepted a bid from cable billionaire Patrick Drahi to buy its remaining stake in French telecom company SFR, completing another asset sale at the former conglomerate that has slimmed itself ...

FDIC Releases Doral Bank Failure News Early

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

Shares of Doral Financial Inc. plunged Friday amid investor confusion after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Doral Bank was closed by Puerto Rico regulators, though the agency later retracted the message. The FDIC said the banking operations were sold ...

Oil Rebounds Ahead U.S. Rig-Count, China Factory Data

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures rose in Asian trade Friday ahead U.S. rig-count data due later in the trading day, and Chinese official manufacturing numbers expected over the weekend. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for ...

European Stocks Inch Lower--Update

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Tommy Stubbington European stocks inched lower Friday, after running up a succession of multiyear highs this week. The Stoxx Europe 600 index was down 0.1% midmorning, having surged 1% to its highest close in more than seven years on ...

Sweden's GDP grew 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter 2014

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2015-02-27 9:30 AM Nr 2015:544 National accounts, 4th quarter 2014: Sweden's GDP grew 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter 2014 Sweden's GDP increased 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, seasonally adjusted and compared ...

Asian Shares Mixed

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

A raft of data painting diverging pictures of Japan's economy capped gains for Japan stocks Friday, while in China, the yuan fell to its lowest level in months. The Nikkei Stock Average was up 0.4% after factory output grew sharply ...

Polish 4Q 2014 Annual GDP Growth Upwardly Revised to 3.1%

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

WARSAW--Poland's statistics office Friday upwardly revised its earlier estimate of fourth-quarter annual economic expansion to 3.1% from 3.0%. The seasonally adjusted quarterly figure was also revised to 0.7% from 0.6%. The fourth-quarter data showed that investments continued to drive growth ...

Oil Prices Rally Ahead of US Data -- 3rd Update

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By Georgi Kantchev LONDON--Oil prices rose on Friday ahead of key data expected to show another reduction in U.S. drilling activity. Crude futures have been whipsawing in recent weeks with the market weighing up signs of impending supply cuts and ...

Consumer-Price Decline Slows in Spain, Germany - 3rd Update

TODAY: March 2, 2015 PUB DATE: Feb. 27, 2015

By David Román MADRID--Consumer prices in Germany and Spain fell again in February but at a slower pace than in January, while prices in Italy rose after two months of decline. The figures suggests that a period of falling prices ...