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Japan’s monetary base growth slows further

Chris Scicluna
  • Japan’s monetary base contracts in June for the first time in 15 months.
  • Aussie housing loan approvals rise more than expected to a new record high in May.
  • Kiwi consumer confidence little changed in June, still slightly below average levels.

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BoJ Tankan and China Caixin manufacturing PMI figures disappoint

Chris Scicluna


  • Japan’s manufacturing PMI revised up in June, while Japanese vehicle sales increase.
  • German retail sales rebound in May to signal firm return to growth in Q2.
  • Australia’s exports rise more than 6%M/M in May; job vacancies up to record high.

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Japan’s IP slumps steeper than expected

Chris Scicluna
  • Japanese housing starts increase in May, while consumer confidence rises to a 16-month high in June.
  • China’s manufacturing PMI only fractionally weaker in June.
  • Drop in UK GDP in Q1 a touch larger than thought previously at 1.6%Q/Q.

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Japan’s unemployment rate rises to 5-month high

Chris Scicluna
  • Asia-Pacific equities weaker as concerns about the delta variant of the coronavirus dominate the news headlines.
  • Japan’s retail sales decline to 12-month low in May.
  • UK house price inflation leaps to highest since 2004. 

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Japan's virus trends in focus as the Olympics nears

Chris Scicluna
  • The BoJ Tankan survey and May IP, labour market and retail sales reports in focus in Japan this week.
  • China’s industrial profits growth moderates in May; Wednesday’s official PMI reports the Chinese data highlight this week.
  • Euro area inflation in June should fall back temporarily in the flash estimate due Wednesday; plenty of spending, labour market and sentiment figures also out this week.

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