BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 24 MAR 2017   10:02AM
Following earlier reports of stronger than expected UK inflation, fresh updates showed a re-acceleration in retail spending.
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Confidently improving
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 24 MAR 2017   10:00AM
After dropping to a reading of -6.2 in February (from -4.8 in January), the flash estimate of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) consumer confidence indicator for the euro area improved to a reading of -5.0.
Less than expected but good
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 23 MAR 2017   9:37AM
The Ministry of Finance released data showing the country recording a ¥813.4 billion trade surplus in February, up from a ¥1,086.9 billion deficit in the previous month and a ¥235.5 billion surplus in the same month last year.
RBNZ on ice
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 23 MAR 2017   9:36AM
The RBNZ kept the official cash rate unchanged at 1.75% at its March policy meeting as widely expected.
Price-pressured
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 22 MAR 2017   10:30AM
Along with the low unemployment rate -4.7% in the three months to January 2017 - the continued upswing in consumer price inflation do, indeed, argue for at least a small increase in interest rates.
Higher and higher
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 22 MAR 2017   10:28AM
Admittedly, these are dated stats but more up-to-date figures from the CoreLogic RP Data Daily Home Value Index show continuing price rises.
Not off the boil
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 21 MAR 2017   9:59AM
Latest figures show that the average price of new homes in 70 Chinese cities rose by 0.3% in the month of February following four straight months of decline.
Labour costs rising
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 21 MAR 2017   9:57AM
If the recent growth trend in hourly labour costs continues, it may not need a "substantial degree" of policy accommodation for long.
One Direction and the BOE
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 20 MAR 2017   10:32AM
Were it not for the uncertainty that is Brexit, the BOE would have been on a path towards policy normalisation even before the Fed.
More fires than hires
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 17 MAR 2017   10:29AM
While markets don't expect the RBA to alter interest rate settings this year (but pricing in two rate hikes next year, according to WBC), the growing labour marketslack, along with A$ strength and still below target inflation put pressure on the Australian ...
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