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Japanese department store sales weak; underlying inflation steady

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Asian and European equity markets weaker on Thursday following slump on Wall Street
  • Japanese department store sales still very weak in August, underlying inflation measures steady
  • French business survey less downbeat than yesterday’s PMIs but flags concerns ahead

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German consumer confidence subdued; Australian retail sales decline sharply

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Japan’s PMIs improve modestly in September, led by new orders.
  • Japanese activity rises in July, but still tracking to reverse only half of the Q2 slump.
  • Australia’s composite PMI returns to expansionary territory in September.

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RBA’s Debelle discusses policy easing options

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • RBA’s Debelle discusses policy easing options, but no clues regards likelihood or timing
  • Australian payrolls decline in last fortnight but consumer confidence rises
  • Italian ruling parties bolstered by yesterday’s votes

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Flash PMIs a key focus in the week ahead

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Japan closed; other Asian bourses start week on the back foot.

  • China’s benchmark prime lending rates held steady this month, as expected. 

  • Flash PMIs for September a key focus in the week ahead. 

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Japan's core inflation at multi-year low

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Japanese core inflation drops to multi-year low as travel campaign compounds weakness
  • UK retail sales rise further above pre-pandemic level in August
  • German producer price deflation eases on energy

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