German business morale rose unexpectedly in February, a survey showed on Monday, easing recession fears in Europe™s largest economy which has been losing momentum as its manufacturers struggle with falling exports. The Ifo institute said its business climate index rose to 96.1 after an upwardly revised 96.0 in January. The February reading compared with a Reuters consensus forecast for a fall to 95.3. œThe German economy seems unaffected by developments surrounding the coronavirus, Ifo President Clemens Fuest said in a statement, sticking to a first-quarter growth forecast of...

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China's April Caixin manufacturing PMI came in at 50.2 vs. 51.0 expected and 50.8 last, as the overall health of China's manufacturing sector improved for the second straight month. Earlier today, the purchasing managers' index (PMI) for China's manufacturing sector arrived at 50.1 in April, down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported. Latest PMI data showed that...

The first official gauge of China's manufacturing sector fell in April, signaling that the economic stabilization seen in the first quarter remains fragile. The manufacturing purchasing managers index stood at 50.1, down from 50.5 last month, while the non-manufacturing PMI -- a gauge of services and construction -- stood at 54.3 versus 54.8. Economists had...

U.S. economic growth accelerated by more than expected in the first quarter on a big boost from inventories and trade that offset a slowdown in consumer spending, bolstering the expansion ahead of a major milestone. Gross domestic product expanded at a 3.2 percent annualized rate in the January-March period, according to Commerce Department data Friday that topped all forecasts...

Orders for long-lasting durable goods posted the biggest increase in March since last summer, potentially signaling a rebound in the slower-growing industrial side of the economy. Durable-goods orders leaped 2.7% last month, led by stronger demand for autos, planes and networking equipment , the government said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.5% increase If cars...

Australian Bureau of Statistics releases first-quarter inflation report in Sydney Wednesday. CPI unchanged Q/Q vs est. 0.2% gain. Weighted median CPI rose 0.1% Q/Q vs est. 0.4% gain. Trimmed mean CPI advances 1.6% Y/Y vs est. 1.7% gain. CPI climbs 1.3% Y/Y vs est. 1.5% gain. Weighted median CPI increases 1.2% Y/Y vs est. 1.6% gain AUD trades at 70.51 U.S. cents in Sydney from 70.92 cents...

According to the data published by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing starts in March declined by 0.3% and came below the market expectation for a growth of 6.5%. Nevertheless, the US Dollar Index didn't show a reaction with the trading volume remaining thin amid the Easter holiday. Privatelyowned housing units authorized by building...

U.S. retail sales jumped by the most since September 2017 as gains in motor vehicles and gasoline stations boosted sales, signaling consumers are giving the economy greater support. The value of overall sales in March rose 1.6 percent after an unrevised 0.2 percent decrease the prior month, according to Commerce Department figures released Thursday. That exceeded all forecasts in...

U.K. retail sales unexpectedly increased for a third consecutive month in March, underlying the resilience of consumers in the face of Brexit uncertainty. The volume of goods sold in stores and online jumped 1.1 percent from February, the Office for National Statistics said Thursday. Sales excluding auto fuel increased 1.2 percent. Both measures had been expected to...

ASIA
China's Factory Outlook Improves More than Expected in September
Monday, 30 September 2019 09:02 WIB A report on the health of China™s manufacturing sector improved in September, although it was still below the line indicating contraction. The...
UNITED STATES
U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows as Exports, Imports Both Plummet
Thursday, 6 June 2019 19:54 WIB The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in April as both exports and imports tumbled, highlighting the impact of President Donald Trump™s tariffs...
EUROPE
German Services Hold Up Output as Manufacturers Struggle
Friday, 21 June 2019 14:53 WIB Output from Germany's private sector remained unchanged in June, as a decline in manufacturing was offset by continued growth in services. A flash...
GLOBAL ECONOMY
First Phase of US-China Trade Deal Announced
Monday, 16 December 2019 09:09 WIB A trade deal between the United States and China, separately announced Friday by both countries, will be such a boon for American farmers they will...

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