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US economy showed weakness in the first quarter with the advance estimate of first quarter real GDP showing that the economy grew only 0.2% annuali.....

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  1. US economy showed weakness in the first quarter with the advance estimate of first quarter real GDP showing that the economy grew only 0.2% annualized, worse than the 1.0% the market was expecting. 
  2. After four months, official data has shown consumer prices in the Eurozone scraped out of deflation in April boosting hopes of economic recovery in Europe. The inflation rate stood at 0% in April, up from a rate of -0.1% in March. 
  3. German business confidence rose to a ten-month high in April in a sign that growth in the economy is set to pick up on the back of record stimulus and a favorable exchange rate. 
  4. Spain's unemployment rate edged higher in Q1 from the previous three months, as an accelerating economy failed to offset seasonal job losses. Spain's jobless rate stood at 23.8% compared with 23.7% in Q4. 
  5. Japanese consumers continue to tighten their belts, a year after a hike in the country's sales tax. Retail trade in Japan fell 9.7% YoY in March after a 1.7% fall in February. 
  6. China grew at its slowest pace in six years at the start of 2015 and weakness in key sectors suggested the economy was still losing momentum, intensifying Beijing's struggle to find the right policy mix to shore up activity.

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