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Malta remains on UK travel corridor – passengers from Andorra, Belgium and Bahamas to self-isolate for 14 days

Passengers from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas will be required to self-isolate at home or another specified address for 14 days on arrival in the...

Bank of England sees slower economic recovery from COVID hit

The Bank of England said Britain's economy would probably take longer to get back to its pre-pandemic size than it previously thought, but it was...

Greek unemployment jumps to 17.0% in May, highest in nine months

Greece's jobless rate rose to 17.0% in May from an upwardly revised 15.7% reading in the previous month, data from the country's statistics service ELSTAT...

Windsor Castle opens terrace garden for first time in 40 years

Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, is to open its East Terrace Garden to the public for the first time...

Italy industry output continues rebound in June

Italian industrial output rose more strongly than expected in June as factories built on the exceptional surge seen in May when production resumed after coronavirus...

Former COVID-19 hospital patients in the UK urged to donate plasma

Former coronavirus hospital patients are being urged to donate plasma as part of a major trial. Research is being carried out to assess whether convalescent...

Slovakia daily coronavirus case hits highest since April

Slovakia, which has one of Europe’s lowest COVID-19 death tolls, reported its biggest daily rise in new cases in more than three months, saying it...

Photo Story: Iraqi asylum seekers repatriated from Greece

Migrants wearing face masks board an airplane bound for Iraq, at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens, Greece, 06 August 2020. According to the...

Italy ups the ante in its plan to create a single broadband network

Italy is positioning to become an influential shareholder in a tightly regulated broadband operator it plans to create by brokering a merger of Telecom Italia's...

Russia reports more than 5,200 new coronavirus cases

Russian authorities reported 5,267 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, pushing its national tally to 871,894, the fourth largest in the world. The...

Amsterdam enforces face masks in crowded places

Amsterdam and the port of Rotterdam on Wednesday made face masks compulsory in certain busy areas including the Dutch capital’s Red Light district, as coronavirus...

Cases of coronavirus continue to increase sharply in Italy

The health ministry said Wednesday that Italy has registered 384 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. That is a big rise with respect...

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  • Volume of retail trade up by 5.7% in euro area

    In June 2020, a month marked by some relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures in many Member States, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 5.7% in the euro area and by 5.2% in the EU, compared with May 2020, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May 2020, the retail trade volume increased by 20.3% in the euro area and by 18.3% in the EU. This means that retail trade volumes in both zones have returned to the levels recorded in February 2020, before the start of containment measures.

  • Industrial producer prices up by 0.7% in both euro area and EU

    In June 2020, a fourth month still marked by COVID-19 containment measures in most Member States, industrial producer prices rose, compared with May 2020, by 0.7% in both the euro area and EU, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May 2020, prices decreased by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU.

  • Preliminary flash estimate for the second quarter of 2020: GDP down by 12.1% in the euro area and by 11.9% in the EU

    In the second quarter 2020, still marked by COVID-19 containment measures in most Member States, seasonally adjusted GDP decreased by 12.1% in the euro area and by 11.9% in the EU, compared with the previous quarter, according to a preliminary flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. These were by far the sharpest declines observed since time series started in 1995. In the first quarter of 2020, GDP had decreased by 3.6% in the euro area and by 3.2% in the EU.

  • Euro area annual inflation up to 0.4%

    In July 2020, a month in which COVID-19 containment measures continued to be lifted, Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 0.4%, up from 0.3% in June according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

  • Euro area unemployment at 7.8%

    In June 2020, the month when COVID-19 containment measures started being phased out in most Member States, the euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8%, up from 7.7% in May 2020. The EU unemployment rate was 7.1% in June 2020, up from 7.0% in May 2020. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

  • Sharpest drop of household real consumption per capita in both euro area and EU

    In the first quarter of 2020, when Member States began to widely introduce COVID-19 containment measures in March 2020, household real consumption per capita dropped by 3.0% in the euro area, after a decrease of 0.4% in the previous quarter. This decline is the highest since the beginning of the time series in 1999. Household real income per capita increased in the first quarter of 2020 by 1.1%, after a decrease of 1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019.