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BoJ Regional Economic Report points to continued pickup

Chris Scicluna
  • BoJ Regional Economic Report see two of nine regions downgrade their assessment as pandemic weighs on consumer spending on services.
  • Australian unemployment rate falls 0.2ppts to 5.6% in March.
  • Kiwi home sales rises 31.2%Y/Y in March.

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Foreign demand boosts Japan's machine orders

Chris Scicluna
  • Foreign demand boosts Japan's machine orders in February, but core domestic orders post a disappointingly steep decline.
  • Australia’s Westpac consumer confidence index rises to a more than 10-year high.
  • RBNZ leaves OCR at 0.25%, other policy settings and growth outlook also unchanged.

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UK GDP rises a modest 0.4%M/M in February

Chris Scicluna
  • Chinese export growth strong in March, albeit below consensus.
  • Japan’s M3 grows at slowest pace in 13 months in March.
  • Germany′s CDU/CSU political shambles persists.

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Japan’s goods PPI rises to 14-month high

Chris Scicluna
  • Japan’s machine orders data, BoJ Regional Economic Report and Reuters Tankan ahead this week.
  • German politics the main euro area focus today as Merkel’s CDU to decide whether to back CSU leader Soeder or its own leader Laschet as candidate for Chancellor.
  • Tomorrow’s GDP and trade reports will be the focus in the UK this week.
  • Federal budget data ahead in the US today; CPI, retail sales and IP reports to follow later this week.

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BoJ Tankan points to improvement in business conditions

Chris Scicluna
  • Japan’s manufacturing PMI revised up to 27-month high.
  • China’s Caixin manufacturing PMI disappoints with a surprise fall.
  • Macron confirms 4-week French lockdown and Draghi extends Italian restrictions to end-April.
  • German retail sales post lacklustre gain in February.

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