Germany's economy fell back into contraction at the start of 2021, weighed down by the hit to construction and services from a value-added tax hike in January.
America's economy roared ahead at the start of 2021, bolstered by the pandemic relief bills approved in December and March.
Policymakers at the Federal Reserve acknowledged the strengthening economy but continued to emphasise that risks to the outlook remained.
An improving jobs market and government stimulus checks arriving in the mail boosted US consumer confidence back to its pre-pandemic level, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.
Shopper numbers have fallen back from the previous week’s surge, when numbers were boosted by the re-opening of non-essential retail, industry data showed on Monday.
German business sentiment edged only marginally higher in April, data showed on Monday, after morale was held back by the third wave of Covid-19 infections to hit the continent.
The UK economy will grow more than expected in 2021 and will regain its pre-crisis peak earlier than predicted, according to one of the country's most prominent forecasters.
UK consumer confidence jumped by the highest margin in at least 10 years in the first quarter of 2021 as lockdown eased and vaccinations progressed, a survey showed.
Activity in US manufacturing and services accelerated at its fastest pace on record in April, according to two surveys.
Manufacturing and services activity in Britain accelerated further at the start of the second quarter, with the former expanding quickest as lockdowns were eased, two closely-followed surveys showed.
Euro area manufacturing and services activity surprised to the upside in April, growing at pace not seen since July, the results of two key surveys revealed.
Sales of second hand homes in the US undershot came in below forecasts in March due to a mix of higher prices, higher mortgage rates and a dearth of available supply.
US jobless claims continued to slip lower, contrary to economists' expectations.
European Central Bank policymakers stood pat on policy, reiterating their intention to up the ante on bond purchases and, apparently, while leaving all their options open.
French business sentiment worsened a tad in April, due to the hit to services sector activity from lockdowns, but economists continued to expected a strong pick up in overall economic growth in the back half of 2021.
Germany’s top court allowed the country to proceed with the ratification of the European Union’s €800bn pandemic recovery fund.
Inflation was set to be a "little higher" in 2021 but the US central bank was not aiming for a large and sustained rise beyond its target, its chairman Jerome Powell said.
Britain's labour market failed to improve as much as anticipated in March, confounding economists' expectations and the results from recent surveys.
The government has set up a compensation scheme for investors who lost £237m in the collapse of London Capital & Finance.
US consumer sentiment was at its best level in a year in April thanks to the much larger than usual government stimulus payments seen over that time.