And the winners of the 2017 Euro Challenge edition are:
1. Mount Saint Mary Academy
2. Princeton HS
3. Hastings HS
4. Trinity Preparatory
5. Herricks HS
Well done teams!

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Official release by Eurostat citing the 0.7% increase in retail sales in February from January; outpacing both the monthly and yearly expectation thus far.

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7964262/4-04042017-AP-EN.pdf/fdf76845-17c1-426f-95b7-1e76954f4854

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Eurozone Business activity at a 6-year high:

"The final Markit Composite Purchasing Managers' Index, regarded as a good guide to growth, rose to a near-six year high of 56.4 in March from February's 56.0."

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eurozone-economy-pmi-idUSKBN1770SN

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Despite the headline fall in Consumer Confidence, there index has been steadily improving since a turbulent 2016.

Overall domestic demand in the Eurozone is increasing when considering the manufacturing and service PMIs plus the business climate index.

ttp://marketrealist.com/2017/03/eurozone-consumer-confidence-improved-march/

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Inflation slowed to 1.5% in March (following a 2% surge in February) due to lower oil prices and easing food prices.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39452639

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A slight fall in economic sentiment occurred in March as the index fell from 107.9 to 108.0 in February.

http://www.rttnews.com/2758947/eurozone-economic-sentiment-falls-slightly-in-march.aspx

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A useful tool (via Eurostat) that allows you to view the percentage of government expenditure by function (e.g. Social protection, healthcare, public services, etc.) across the entire EU, Eurozone, or each member-state.


http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cache/infographs/cofog/
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