Eurozone employment grew for the second straight quarter in the first three months of the year, figures from Eurostat showed today.
The number of employed rose 0.1% from the fourth quarter of 2013, when there was a similar gain.
Annually, the number of employed increased 0.2% in the first quarter, after a 0.4% slump in the previous three months.
The euro area trade surplus increased slightly in April as the decline in imports exceeded the fall in exports, data from Eurostat showed today.
The seasonally adjusted trade surplus rose to
European stocks fell as violence continued in
The euro pared gains from an early high of 1.2179 against the franc and slipped to a weekly low of 1.2165. On the downside, 1.21 is seen as next possible support level for the euro. At Thursday's close, the pair was worth 1.2172.
After declining to a 1-1/2-year low of 0.7984 against the Sterling at
The euro advanced to a 3-day high of 1.3578 against the US dollar during the session, compared to Thursday's closing value of 1.3550. If the euro continues gain, 1.365 is seen as its next possible upside target level.
Looking ahead, US PPI for May and Reuters/
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