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22.11.2006 21:11 Japanese GDP grew 2,0% compared to the third quarter of 2005

The Japanese growth data was stronger than expected with a third-quarter GDP increase of 0.5%. Japanese GDP grew 2,0% compared to the third quarter of 2005. Despite of that, the Japanese government downgraded its assessment of the economy in a monthly report for the first time in almost two years today, as weak consumption cast a cloud over the long-lasting recovery. The Bank of Japan left interest rates unchanged at 0.25% following the latest policy meeting and failed to provide clear direction over the timing of another rate increase.

21.11.2006 20:38 GDP in Russia is expected to amount to 6.6 or 6.7 percent in 2006

GDP in Russia is expected to amount to 6.6 or 6.7 percent in 2006, compared to 6.4 percent in 2005, the Economic Development and Trade Ministry says in a report published on Thursday. Earlier, Russian officials forecast a 6.6 percent GDP rise for this year. Annual GDP in Russia came to 6.9 percent in the third quarter of the year, compared to the total 6.6 percent last year.

21.11.2006 20:22 Euro area GDP up by 0.5% and EU25 GDP up by 0.6% during the third quarter of 2006

GDP grew by 0.5% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU25 during the third quarter of 2006, compared to the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities. In the second quarter of 2006, growth rates were +0.9% in both the euro area and the EU25. Compared to the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP grew by 2.6% in the euro area and by 2.8% in the EU25 in the third quarter of 2006, after +2.7% and +2.9% respectively in the previous quarter. Seasonally adjusted industrial production decreased by 1.0% in the euro area in September 2006 compared to August 2006. Production rose by 1.7% in August3 and declined by 0.5% in July. In the EU25 output fell by 0.6% in September after an increase of 1.2% in August and a decrease of 0.3% in July. In September 2006 compared to September 2005, industrial production rose by 3.3% in both the euro area and the EU25.

20.11.2006 20:15 US Economic growth is predicted to be 2,5% in 2007

U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the third quarter, increasing at a real seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.6% after a 2.6% increase in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday. US National Association of Business Economists (NABE) predicts real GDP growth is projected to be at a 2.5% rate in the fourth quarter of 2006 and gradually ramp up to a 3% rate by the fourth quarter of 2007. US Economic growth is predicted to be 2,5% in 2007 compared to 3,3% in 2006. The NABE also reduced its anticipated profile for CPI growth in 2006, with the projected increase for this year now standing at 2.7%, compared to 3.3% in the September survey.

20.11.2006 17:53 Euro area external trade surplus 2.0 bn euro in September 2006

The first estimate for the euro area trade balance with the rest of the world in September 2006 gave a 2.0 bn euro surplus compared with +1.3 bn in September 2005. The August 20062 balance was -5.4 bn, compared with -2.9 bn in August 2005. In September 2006 compared with August 2006, exports, seasonally adjusted, rose by 2.0% while imports fell by 0.1%. The first estimate for September 2006 extra-EU25 trade was a deficit of 13.4 bn euro, compared with -9.5 bn in September 2005. In August 20062, the balance was -21.3 bn, compared with -14.7 bn in August 2005. In September 2006 compared with August 2006, exports, seasonally adjusted, rose by 1.6% while imports fell by 1.7%.


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