European Economics Preview: Eurozone Foreign Trade Data Due
Foreign trade data from euro area is due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news. At 3.00 am ET, Spain's statistical office INE publishes final consumer price data for December. Prices are forecast to remain flat on a yearly basis as initially estimated. In the meantime, Turkey's unemployment figures are due. The jobless rate is seen unchanged at 10.3 percent in October. At 4.00 am ET, Italy's statistical office Istat issues final consumer prices for December. According to preliminary estimate, consumer prices rose 0.1 percent from last year. Half an hour later, the Office for National Statistics issues U.K. construction output data. Output is forecast to fall 0.1 percent on a yearly basis in November after rising 1 percent in October. At 5.00 am ET, Eurostat is set to release Eurozone foreign trade figures for November. The trade surplus is expected to rise slightly to EUR 21 billion from EUR 19.9 billion in October.
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