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Japanese exports remain extremely weak

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • Japan’s trade report predictably showed that external demand remained weak and domestic demand was lacklustre too. So, net trade looks set to have been the largest drag on GDP in Q2 since at least the global financial crisis. Focus later this week will turn to flash PMIs for July from the major economies.

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China's GDP rebounds in Q2

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • While China's GDP grew a stronger than expected 11.5%Q/Q in Q2, annual growth was still just half that seen in 2019 and the second-lowest since the series began in the early 199os.

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Return to UK growth proves a damp squib

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • UK GDP data for May were certainly weaker than expected, with the return to growth very much a damp squib, leaving output down almost 25% from the level before the pandemic hit in February. 

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Japanese economic conditions improving as lending surges

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • A Japanese survey hinted at some signs of improvement in June, while the BoJ’s various funding programmes to support firms struggling through the current crisis appear to have fed into a sharp acceleration in lending over recent months.

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Japanese and German data underwhelm

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol

While activity has inevitably rebounded somewhat as and when lockdowns have been relaxed, the latest Japanese spending and German IP data remained underwhelming. 

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