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Japan’s Economy Watchers current conditions index declines sharply

Chris Scicluna
  • Japan’s Economy Watchers current conditions index declines sharply in December, but outlook index stabilizes; bank lending growth steady in December.
  • Australian consumer confidence steady in early January, but attitudes to spending improve.
  • BRC and Barclaycard data point to soft end to 2020 for UK retail sales.

 

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China’s CPI and PPI inflation lifts in December

Chris Scicluna
  • China’s CPI and PPI inflation lifts in December, but core consumer prices still soft.
  • Australian retail sales confirmed to have surged in November. 
  • Kiwi dataflow resumes with building approvals, housing and food price reports.

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German IP up for seventh successive month, while French IP falls

Chris Scicluna
  • Following yesterday's comments flagging the concerns of Japan's authorities about FX developments, the yen weakened briefly through 104/$, the weakest in 3 weeks.
  • Japan’s consumption data paint mixed picture for November, but Q4 on track for robust growth; Cabinet Office leading index rises to near 2-year high in November.
  • German IP up for seventh successive month with imports outpacing exports.
  • Despite ongoing growth in manufacturing, French IP falls due to drop in energy output.

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US Democrats are confirmed to have gained control of the Senate

Chris Scicluna
  • Japan’s labour cash earnings slump far more than expected as pandemic leads to sharp decline in bonuses and continues to weigh on overtime work.
  • German factory orders beat expectations with seventh successive monthly rise in November; euro area inflation, retail sales and sentiment indicators still to come.
  • Aussie dwelling approvals rise, while trade surplus narrows on import rebound.

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Japan’s services PMI revised up, but consumer confidence falls

Chris Scicluna
  • Japan’s services PMI revised up, but consumer confidence falls to a 4-month low.
  • China’s Caixin services PMI comes off the boil in December.
  • French inflation surprises on the downside but consumer confidence leaps.
  • Australian services PMI revised down in December.

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