Swedish Budget Leans to the Left

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Charles Duxbury STOCKHOLM--Sweden's new finance minister on Thursday presented a proposed budget with a clear leaning to the left, signaling an intention to increase some taxes and raise spending on job creation programs, welfare and schools. Social Democrat Magdalena ...

Oil Prices Steady After Recent Falls

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Cassie Werber The prospect of plentiful crude oil stocks weighed on the market on Thursday, keeping prices in check after a turbulent week. Contracts on both sides of the Atlantic fell on Wednesday after U.S. crude stocks showed a ...

Russia's Ruble Hits All-Time Low

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

MOSCOW--The Russian ruble weakened to fresh all-time lows versus the euro-dollar basket in early trade on Thursday as oil prices again dipped lower. The ruble, vulnerable to conditions on global commodity markets, had eased 0.15% to 46.43 against the euro-dollar ...

Chicago Fed Index Shows Growth

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

A snapshot of the U.S. economic landscape points to above-average growth last month. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose to +0.47 in September from August's -0.25, signaling economic activity above historic trends. The three-month moving average, designed to smooth ...

Correction to Great Wall Motor Earnings Article

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

Great Wall Motor's third-quarter profit fell 22% to 1.63 billion yuan. "Great Wall Motor Profit Slides," published at 0932 GMT, incorrectly said Great Wall Motor's third-quarter profit fell 9.5% to 5.59 billion yuan from 2.08 billion in the first and ...

Cameron Says U.K. Not Immune to Economic Strains in Europe -- Update

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Matthew Dalton, Giada Zampano and Noémie Bisserbe BRUSSELS--European Union leaders staked out opposing positions on austerity ahead of a summit here, where France and Italy will attempt to fend off pressure from the bloc's budget hawks to cut their ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks Surge; Dow Rises 200 Points

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Anora Mahmudova and Carla Mozee, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. stock market moved sharply higher on Thursday, as investors cheered upbeat manufacturing data from eurozone and better-than-expected earnings from Caterpillar Inc, 3M Co and General Motors. Weekly ...

CURRENCIES: Dollar Hits Two-and-a-half Week High Against Yen

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Joseph Adinolfi, MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The dollar reached its highest point against the yen in two and a half weeks Thursday as rising U.S. and European sovereign bond yields increased the attractiveness of foreign bonds to Japanese ...

Correction to Canada Job Insurance Claims Story

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

"Canada Job Insurance Claims Declined 2.8% in August from July," published at 9:01 a.m. EDT, included an incorrect number for initial and renewal claims for unemployment insurance benefits in the first paragraph. The total was 221,500, not 224,000. A reference ...

Dollar Higher Against Yen In Rangebound Trade

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Hiroyuki Kachi The dollar was slightly higher against the yen in rangebound trade in Asia Thursday, with the Nikkei Stock Average giving a small boost to the greenback amid relatively quiet trading. As of 0450 GMT, the dollar rose ...

Australian Business Confidence Steady

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

SYDNEY--Australian business confidence was steady in the third quarter compared with the second, but the data hides a noticeable decline late in the quarter that reflects a softening economy, National Australia Bank said Thursday. NAB's business-confidence index registered +6 points ...

Eurozone PMI Picked Up Slightly in October

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

Business activity in the eurozone's private sector picked up slightly in October, although firms cut their prices at the fastest pace since early 2010, making it more likely the European Central Bank will soon have to announce a third wave ...

ASIA MARKETS: Asian Stocks Pull Back After China Manufacturing Data

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Chao Deng Stocks in Japan and China slipped Thursday as investors assessed the latest read on Chinese manufacturing activity. The Hang Seng Index fell 0.3% to 23,333.18 and the Shanghai Composite lost 1% to 2,302.42 after HSBC's preliminary report ...

The number of employed persons continues to increase

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2014-10-23 9:30 AM Nr 2014:508 Labour Force Survey (LFS), September 2014: The number of employed persons continues to increase In September 2014, 4 809 000 persons aged 15-74 were employed, not seasonally adjusted. This is ...

UK Retail Sales Fall Less Than Expected in September on Month

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

By Jon Sindreu LONDON--Retail sales in the U.K. fell less than expected in September and registered the 18th consecutive month of annual growth. The quantity bought in the retail industry increased by 2.7% compared with September 2013, the Office for ...

Spain's Unemployment Rate Falls To 23.7%

TODAY: Oct. 25, 2014 PUB DATE: Oct. 23, 2014

MADRID--The number of people in Spain without a job dropped by 195,200 in the third quarter from the previous quarter, as a solid summer tourist season drove a clear decrease in the country's unemployment rate. The rate, which remains among ...