Thursday, June 04, 2009

Quick Overview

  • U.S. jobless claims fell 4,000 last week to 621,000

  • U.S. non-farm productivity increased 1.6% QoQ and 1.9% YoY

  • Retail sales volume in the EU area rose 0.5% MOM, but fell 1.4% YoY.

  • France's unemployment rate rose from 7.6% to 8.7%

  • Canada kept interest rates unchanged

  • England kept interest rates unchanged

  • European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged

  • (Reuters) - Medical bills are behind more than 60 percent of U.S. personal bankruptcies, U.S. researchers reported Thursday in a report they said demonstrates that healthcare reform is on the wrong track.

  • (Spiegel) Two male penguins at a zoo in Bremerhaven, Germany -- who have been a pair for years -- have hatched and raised an abandoned chick as their own.

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