Hungary’s economic-sentiment index was positive in April for the first time in almost 16 years as business confidence grew and consumers became less pessimistic after Prime Minister Viktor Orban won a second four-year term.
Euro-area consumer confidence unexpectedly increased to the highest in six and a half years in April, after the unemployment rate retreated from a record and the single currency bloc’s recovery gained momentum.
The yield premium investors demand to hold Italian 10-year bonds over their German peers narrowed to the least in three years on bets the European Central Bank will take further action to combat low inflation.
Japan’s weakest export growth in a year spurred a wider-than-forecast trade deficit in March, adding to challenges for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in steering the economy through the aftermath of an April 1 sales-tax rise.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index measures Americans' perceptions on three important variables: the state of the economy, personal finances and whether it's a good time to buy needed goods or services. A new index reading is generated every week, making it a timely sentiment gauge.