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Construction workers

Italy GDP stagnated in fourth-quarter 2014, held back by weak domestic demand

Italy's economy stagnated at the end of last year, marking the 14th consecutive quarter without any growth as an increase in exports was offset by weak domestic demand, data showed on Friday.

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Cars

Euro zone economy accelerates thanks to German 'thunderbolt'

Euro zone economic growth accelerated unexpectedly in the final quarter of 2014 as the bloc's largest member, Germany, expanded at more than twice the expected rate.

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Consumer

U.S. retail sales data point to slower economic growth

U.S. consumer spending barely rose in January as households cut back on purchases of a range of goods, suggesting the economy started the first quarter on a softer note.

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Anti-austerity pro-government demo

Greece, euro zone fail to agree on debt, to try again on Monday

Greece's new leftist government and its international creditors failed to agree on a way forward on the country's unpopular bailout and will try again on Monday, with time running out for a financing deal.

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Construction workers

Trick or treat? India's strong GDP figures mask economic reality

For Indian business, the government and the central bank, data revisions that have transformed the country's $2.1 trillion economy into one of the world's fastest growing are too good to be true.

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Clothing factory

U.S. wholesale stocks weak; job openings highest since 2001

U.S. wholesale inventories barely rose in December, the latest suggestion that economic growth in the fourth quarter was even slower than initially thought.

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Sea port

China's exports, imports slump in January, record trade surplus

China's exports fell 3.3 percent in January from a year earlier, while imports slumped by 19.9 percent, both missing expectations by a wide margin, and resulting in a record monthly trade surplus of $60 billion.

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Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (L)

Isolated Greece wants no more bailout money with strings

Greece's new leftist-led government, isolated in the euro zone and under pressure from the European Central Bank, said on Friday it wanted no more bailout money with strings attached from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

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Alexis Tsipras

Germany wants new Greek rulers to ditch anti-austerity promises - document

Germany wants Greece's new left-wing government to go back on anti-austerity promises made in its first days in office and revert to economic policies its predecessors' agreed with international lenders, a document showed on Wednesday.

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Factories

U.S. factory orders fall sharply, order books shrinking

New orders for U.S. factory goods fell for a fifth straight month in December, but a smaller-than-previously reported drop in business spending plans supported views of a rebound in the months ahead.

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman

Lavish freebies from Saudi king to buoy economy, markets

A lavish payout to public employees ordered by Saudi Arabia's new King Salman will help to sustain the kingdom's consumer boom and reassure financial markets that the government is not slashing expenditure in the face of low oil prices.

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NYSE

U.S. economy cools in fourth quarter, but consumer spending shines

U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.

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U.S. President Barack Obama

Democrats set high bar for supporting Obama on trade

Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade agenda.

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Big Ben in London, UK

UK 2014 growth fastest in seven years despite fourth quarter slowdown

Britain's economy recorded its fastest annual growth since 2007 last year despite a bigger-than-expected slowdown in the final three months of 2014, giving a mixed message just 100 days before Britons go to the polls.

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Federal Reserve

All eyes on Fed, Greece after ECB fires bazooka

After the surprises from central banks which rocked markets at the start of the year, the U.S. Federal Reserve will be watched as closely as ever this week to see that it doesn't stray from its own policy path.

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