Consumer confidence in the UK weakened in January, a survey showed on Friday, as concerns about the rising cost of living mounted.
Activity in the us mid-Atlantic region picked up the pace last month with new orders, shipments and delivery times both improving.
The European Central Bank should not raise interest rates as quickly as the Federal Reserve, Christine Lagarde told French media.
The cost of living in the single currency bloc rose as expected last month amid a jump in services and energy prices.
China's central bank trimmed two key lending rates overnight in a bid to bolster activity in the country's property sector and in order to help small businesses.
The Bank of Japan anticipated that the country's economy "was likely to recover" as the impact of Covid-19 on services and its related supply-side constraints waned, policy makers said following their latest policy meeting.
Industrial output underwhelmed at the end of December amid a decline in automobile manufacturing and in the output of gas utilities due to warmer-than-normal temperatures.
Wholesale prices in the States increased less quickly than expected last month as food and energy prices slipped.
The cost of living in the US increased a bit more quickly than expected last month.
Economists at Goldman Sachs believe the economic impact from Omicron should be mostly in the rearview mirror come the end of the first quarter.
A top US central bank official told the Wall Street Journal that an interest rate increase was "conceivable" at the Federal Reserve's March policy meeting.
Producer prices continued to rise at a fast clip in the single currency bloc during the month of November with dearer energy the main culprit.
Levels of activity in America's services sector continued growing at a steady pace last month, although cost pressures reached a new series high, according to the results of a closely-followed survey.
The US labour market remained strong in November, prompting an increasing number of Americans to risk looking for a different employer, the results of a closely-followed survey showed.
Manufacturing activity in the US mid-Atlantic region slowed sharply at the end of 2021, even as supply chain pressures eased.
The Federal Reserve announced that it would taper its asset purchase programme more quickly, as expected, likely paving the way for interest rate hikes in 2022.
Deutsche Bank said on Wednesday that it now expects headline consumer price inflation to peak above 6% in April next year, marking the highest annual rate of inflation since the Bank of England's independence in 1997.
The cost of goods purchased from overseas increased more quickly than expected during the previous month, chiefly as a result of dearer natural gas prices.
Manufacturing activity in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's district picked up slightly at the end of the year, to the surprise of economists.
Producer prices rose more quickly than expected in November amid widespread gains the various categories of goods.
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