The European Commission’s euro zone Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) fell to 103.5 in August from 104.5 in July, its lowest level since March and well below the 104.1 forecast in a Reuters poll of 38 economists. Estimates ranged from 103.0 to 104.9. Confidence fell in four of the euro zone’s five largest economies. Source: Reuters
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Passengers were “lucky” to escape without injuries after a bus with several people on board was shot at in Malmö.
The back window of the bus was broken while driving through the Arlöv area on Thursday evening, and police are working on the theory that the shots were fired by a real weapon, not an airgun. A library and a residential home were also hit. The Local
Investors in Venezuelan securities are breathing a sigh of relief after the government once again made good on its promise to pay foreign bondholders. The nation, one of the world’s riskiest debtors, said yesterday it was having difficulty wiring a $185 million interest payment that was due Sept. 15. Officials confirmed Thursday that the money was on its way to bondholders. Source Bloomberg
French President Emmanuel Macron signs the controversial labor reform legislation, which sparked mass protests in the country. The reforms would make it easier for companies to hire and fire workers, as well as give them more authority over pay and working conditions. Source: Sputnik