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According to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Japanese unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was 2.5% in March 2020. The number of unemployed persons was 1.76 million, an increase of 20,000 from the previous year.
 According to Office for National Statistics (ONS), UK retail sales decreased by 5.8% year-on-year in March 2020 and decreased 5.1% from the previous month.
According to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the consumer price index (CPI) for Japan in March 2020 was 101.7 up 0.4% compared with March 2019 and rose 0.1 compared with February 2020.
According to the UK National Statistics Office, UK's CPI rose 1.5 year-on-year in March 2020, down from 1.7% in February 2020.
According to Eurostat, the euro area had a trade surplus of €23.0 bn in February 2020, compared with the trade surplus of €18.5 bn in February 2019. In February 2020, EU recorded a trade surplus of €22.4 bn, compared with trade surplus of €16.4 bn in February 2019.
According to the Eurostat, Euro area annual inflation was 0.7% in March 2020, down from 1.2% in February 2020. EU annual inflation was 1.2% in March 2020, down from 1.6% in February 2020.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, seasonally adjusted, Australia’s unemployment rate was 5.2% in March 2020. The number of unemployed persons increased by 20,300 to 718,600 in the same month.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the consumer price index for Germany in March 2020 was up by 1.4% year-on-year. Compared to February 2020, the consumer price index rose by 0.1% in March 2020. 
 According to UK National Statistics Office, UK's trade deficit on goods and services was estimated at £2.8 billion in February 2020. Export values decreased by 5.8% and import values increased by 3.0% compared with January 2020.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany's exports increased by 0.4% in February 2020 year on year, while imports decreased by 2.9%. Upon calendar and seasonal adjustment, February’s exports rose by 1.3% month on month while imports fell by 1.6%. Trade surplus reached EUR21.6 billion in February 2020.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, seasonally adjusted, Australia’s retail trade figures show that sales rose 0.5% in February 2020 compared to January 2020, following a fall of 0.3% in January 2020.
According to Eurostat, the volume of retail trade rose by 3.0% in the euro area and by 3.2% in the EU in February 2020, over a year earlier. Compared with January, the volume of retail trade increased by 0.9% in the euro area and by 0.8% in the EU in February 2020. 
  The US Department of Commerce announced that the US trade deficit in goods and services decreased by 12.2% year-on-year to US$39.9 billion in February 2020. Exports of goods and services fell by 0.4% year-on-year to US$207.5 billion, while imports of goods and services fell by 2.5% to US$247.5 billion over a year earlier.
Eurostat released that the unemployment rate of member countries in the European Union was 6.5% in February 2020, down from 6.9% in February 2019. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Euro area was 7.3% in February 2020, down from 7.8% in February 2019.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany's retail turnover increased by 6.4% year on year in real terms in February 2020. Compared to the previous month, February turnover rose by 1.2% adjusted for calendar and seasonal variations.
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