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  • James Boston

    It was not altogether unexpected that we would experience a fall in the overall Eurozone’s inflation rate today, particularly considering the drop in the equivalent German figures yesterday. The November figures for the Zone, just published in Preliminary format by Eurostat, clearly point to a slowing in much need price growth activity. The headline Consumer

  • James Boston

    September fiscal data out of Portugal, which has just been released, is suggesting that the Current Account Balance for the month slipped back marginally. This brings an end to three straight months of current account expansion but the small magnitude of the fall means that this figure easily remains above the medium term average. Portugal’s

  • James Boston
    Forex » Portugal Inflation Rate Falls
    James Boston - November 12, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Signs of a slowing in the Portuguese economy are becoming evident as the latest price growth activity data moderates. This morning’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of October is pointing to a measurable softening in the rate of inflation. The latest month on month reading has fallen back to 0.3% price expansion compared

  • James Boston

    The European Commission has published updates to a broad range of sentiment indicators for the European Union member countries this morning. The headline Consumer Confidence number for September is still reading at –11.4, this compares to the anticipation of a rise to -10.0 this morning. On the commercial side the Business Climate number has been

  • James Boston
    Forex » Portuguese Current Account Improves
    James Boston - September 18, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    This morning’s Current Account Balance report out of Portugal represents the first surplus posted by the country in almost a year. The July figure just announced of €380.1M is a significant turnaround on the previous month’s deficit of -€187.9M, all expectations were for these latest readings to show the deficit widening to around -€250M. Portugal

  • James Boston
    Forex » Ireland Reports Positive Inflation
    James Boston - September 11, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Economic activity is showing signs of revival in the periphery Eurozone countries, the early bail out nations are beginning to outperform the larger central European economies, albeit coming from a way behind to begin with. This morning’s inflation data out of Ireland goes some way to confirming this. Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for the

  • James Boston
    Forex » Portugal Remains Deflationary
    James Boston - September 10, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    According to data just released for August, Portugal has seen some improvement in it’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) but this still remains firmly in deflationary territory. Year on year the CPI is now showing at -0.4%, this is a substantial pick up on the -0.9% seen in July and also easily beats the market expectation

  • James Boston
    Forex » Retail Sales Growth Slows In Europe
    James Boston - September 3, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    The European Retail Sales data for the month of July has just been released and is showing further weakness than initially expected. The headline retail rate has fallen from 1.9% to just 0.8% growth when measured year on year, a fall to around 0.9% had been anticipated. The retail trade month on month data is

  • James Boston

    Portugal’s Current Account continues in negative territory and there appears to be some trouble in determining final numbers as the latest figures due for the month of June have been postponed three times so far. It is speculated that when they are published they will confirm that the upward trend in the finances of this

  • James Boston
    Forex » Portugal’s Inflation Falls Further
    James Boston - August 12, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Statistics Portugal have just released the latest inflation figures for the economy. July has presented an increase in the pace of price contraction in this recovering Eurozone country. The headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) has fallen -0.9% when measured year on year, this comes on top of a fall of -0.4% in June, markets had

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