U.S. retail sales rose less than forecast in September, as a broad-based increase was overshadowed by a drop in restaurant receipts that may reflect the impact of Hurricane Florence. The value of overall sales rose 0.1 percent for a second month, compared with the median forecast of economists for a 0.6 percent gain, Commerce Department figures showed Monday. So- called retail control-group sales -- which are used to calculate gross domestic product and exclude food services, auto dealers, building-materials stores and gasoline stations -- climbed 0.5 percent, slightly...

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The higher cost of renting and owning a home nudged consumer prices higher in September, but inflation more broadly eased again after a recent runup. The consumer price index rose 0.1% in September to mark the sixth increase in a row, the government said Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had predicted a 0.2% advance. Yet the increase in the cost of living over the past 12 months...

U.S. producer prices rose for the first time in three months amid a surge in gauges reflecting airfares and rail-transportation costs, a Labor Department report showed Wednesday in Washington. Producer-price index rose 0.2% m/m (matching est.) after a 0.1% drop in prior month; up 2.6% y/y (est. 2.7%) after 2.8% gain. Excluding food and energy, core gauge rose 0.2% m/m...

The U.K. economy appears to be on course for its best calendar quarter in almost two years, despite a weaker-than-expected performance in August. Gross domestic product grew 0.7 percent in the three months through August, the Office for National Statistics said Wednesday. In August alone, output was unchanged. Economists had predicted growth of 0.1 percent. However, a similar performance in...

The economy created a modest 134,000 new jobs in September, but it was enough to push the U.S. unemployment rate down to a 49-year low of 3.7%. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a gain of 168,000 nonfarm jobs. The average hourly wage paid to American workers rose 0.3% to $27.24 an hour, the Labor Department said Friday. The 12-month rate of hourly wage gains slowed to 2.8% from a...

German manufacturing orders bounced back in August, driven by a surge in demand from outside the eurozone - a sign that German firms are resilient despite global trade tensions. The German economics ministry said Friday that total manufacturing orders rose 2% on the month, after falling by 0.9% on the month in July. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast an increase of...

A gauge of U.S. service industries unexpectedly rose to a near-record level in September, an Institute for Supply Management survey showed Wednesday, offering fresh evidence of strength in the biggest part of the economy. Non-manufacturing index rose to 61.6 (est. 58) from 58.5; readings above 50 indicate expansion. Measure of business activity increased to 65.2, highest...

Private-sector employment soared in September, as employers added 230,000 jobs, Automatic Data Processing Inc. reported Wednesday. This is the highest since February. The gain was well above forecasts from economists polled by Econoday, who had expected on average an increase of 179,000. August's gain was upwardly revised to show 168,000 growth instead of a previously estimated 163,000. Details...

Growth in the U.K.'s dominant service sector was strong enough to keep the economy on track for a 'robust' expansion in the third quarter. IHS Markit said its Purchasing Managers Index for the services slipped to 53.9 in September, down from 54.3 the previous month and just below economists' forecasts for a reading of 54. Job creation climbed to a seven-month high, though optimism...

ASIA
Japan June core CPI rises 0.8 pct yr/yr
Friday, 20 July 2018 07:40 WIB Japan's core consumer prices rose 0.8 percent in June from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday. The core consumer price index, which...
UNITED STATES
Housing costs nudge inflation higher in September, CPI shows
Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:52 WIB The higher cost of renting and owning a home nudged consumer prices higher in September, but inflation more broadly eased again after a recent...
EUROPE
U.K. Economy Set for Best Quarter Since 2016 Despite Flat August
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:46 WIB The U.K. economy appears to be on course for its best calendar quarter in almost two years, despite a weaker-than-expected performance in...
GLOBAL ECONOMY
Jobless claims cling near 45-year low
Thursday, 2 August 2018 19:56 WIB Initial jobless claims, a tracker of sorts for layoffs in the U.S., crept higher at the end of July but clung near a half-century low. New claims...

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