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According to Cabinet Office of Japan, after seasonal adjustments, Japan’s GDP fell by 0.4% in Q4 2019 over a year earlier. Compared to the previous quarter, GDP decreased by 1.6% in Q4 2019.
According to Eurostat, the euro area had a trade surplus of €23.1 bn in December 2019, compared with the trade surplus of €16.3 bn in December 2018. In December 2019, EU recorded a trade surplus of €23.4 bn, compared with trade surplus of €14.8 bn in December 2018.
GDP rose by 0.1% in both the euro area the EU in Q4 2019, compared with the previous quarter, according to Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities. In comparison with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP in the euro area and the EU rose by 0.9% and by 1.2%, respectively in Q4 2019.
The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced that German GDP, with the price-adjusted, increased by 0.3% in Q4 2019 compared with Q4 2018. After adjustment for price, seasonal and calendar variations, German economy rose by 0.0% Q4 2019 on the previous quarter.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the consumer price index for Germany in January 2020 was up by 1.7% year-on-year. Compared to December 2019, the consumer price index fell by 0.6% in January 2020.
 According to UK National Statistics Office, UK's trade surplus on goods and services was estimated at £7.7 billion in December 2019. Export values increased by 10.2% and import values increased by 0.1% compared with November 2019.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany's exports increased by 2.3% in December 2019 year on year, while imports increased by 1.2%. Upon calendar and seasonal adjustment, December’s exports rose by 0.1% month on month while imports fell by 0.7%. Trade surplus reached EUR19.2 billion in December 2019.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, seasonally adjusted, Australia’s retail trade figures show that sales fell 0.5% in December 2019 compared to November 2019, following a rise of 1.0% in November 2019.
According to Eurostat, the volume of retail trade rose by 1.3% in the euro area and by 1.9% in the EU in December 2019, over a year earlier. Compared with November 2019, the volume of retail trade increased by 1.6% in the euro area and rose by 1.3% in the EU in December 2019.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany's retail turnover increased by 0.8% year on year in real terms in December 2019. Compared to the previous month, December turnover fell by 3.3% adjusted for calendar and seasonal variations.
Eurostat released that the unemployment rate of member countries in the European Union was 6.2% in December 2019, down from 6.6% in December 2018. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Euro area was 7.4% in December 2019, down from 7.8% in December 2018.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the unemployment rate of Germany was 3.2% in December 2019. The number of unemployed persons was 1.39 million in the same period.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.7% in the quarter ended 31 December 2019. The CPI rose 1.8% over the twelve months to the December 2019 quarter.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, seasonally adjusted, Australia’s unemployment rate was 5.1% in December 2019. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 12,900 to 693,100 in the same month.
 According to Office for National Statistics (ONS), UK retail sales increased by 0.9% year-on-year in December 2019 and decreased 0.6% from the previous month.
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