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EUROPE SUMMARY: Stg Straddle Buying Continues

                       Feb 14    Feb 14       Feb 14  Feb 15  Feb 15    Feb 15
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                       Retail   Initial               Empire
                        Sales   Jobless     Business     Mfg  Import  Industrl
                      Ex-Auto    Claims  Inventories  Survey  Prices  Productn
Data For                  Dec  Feb 9 wk          Nov     Feb     Dec       Jan
Denomination             % Ch         K         % Ch   Index    % Ch      % Ch
Median Forecast **        0.0     227.0          0.2     5.8    -0.2       0.2
High Forecast             0.2     232.0          0.3    11.5     0.0       0.2
Low Forecast             -0.2     220.0          0.1     0.0    -0.3      -0.2
Mean                      0.0     226.3          0.2     5.8    -0.2       0.1
Standard Deviation        0.1       4.9          0.1     5.8     0.2       0.1
No. of Responses            6         3            2       2       2         6
Amherst Pierpont          0.1       227           NA      NA      NA       0.2
Capital Economics        -0.2        NA          0.3     0.0    -0.3       0.0
CIBC                     -0.1        NA           NA      NA      NA       0.1
Goldman Sachs             0.0       220           NA      NA      NA       0.2
Natwest                   0.0       232           NA      NA      NA      -0.2
Umaryland                 0.2        NA          0.1    11.5     0.0       0.2
     
** Note: The survey median is compiled solely from the forecasts listed above
and is not intended to represent a market consensus.
--MNI Washington Bureau; +1 (973) 494-2611; email: harrison.clarke@marketnews.com
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