Shrinking order books and expectations for a decline in output signal companies in Europe™s largest economy are bracing for a possible recession. German manufacturing shrank for an eighth month in August, barely offset by still-solid services, according to IHS Markit. Overall business confidence declined and orders fell for the third time in four months. A Purchasing Managers™ Index stood at 51.4, close to its lowest level in six years. GDP declined in the April-June period, and persistent signs of weakness in Europe™s powerhouse -- driven in particular by...

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China economy continued slowing in the second quarter, with sluggish domestic output and continuing trade tensions pulling growth down to the weakest pace since the early 1990s. Gross domestic product rose 6.2.% in the April-June period from a year earlier, below the 6.4% expansion in the first quarter and matching economists estimates. In June, factory output rose...

The producer price index rose a modest 0.1% in June, indicating that inflation remains muted. Economists polled by MarketWatch had predicted a 0.1% fall. The increase in wholesale inflation over the past year fell to 1.7%, the lowest level since January 2017, the government said Friday. Wholesale energy prices dropped 3.1% in June. Wholesale food costs rose 0.6%. Excluding food, energy and...

Americans paid more for rent, clothes and autos in June, but consumer inflation was largely held in check by falling energy prices. Waning inflation is one of the chief reasons the Federal Reserve is likely to cut interest rates by the end of the month. The consumer price index rose 0.1% in June, the government said Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast no change. The...

The UK economy rebounded in May as car factories resumed work following Brexit-related shutdowns. GDP rose 0.3% after a decline in the previous month, the Office for National Statistics said Wednesday. The increase was in line the forecast in a Bloomberg survey. In the three months through May, GDP rose 0.3%, more than expected, after past figures were revised up. Manufacturing,...

The U.S. created 224,000 new jobs in June, bouncing back from a small increase in May and suggesting U.S. economy is still doing OK. The unemployment rate rose a tick to 3.7% as more people entered the labor force in search of work. The increase in new jobs easily exceeded the 170,000 MarketWatch forecast, helped by a large 33,000 increase in government employment. The average wage paid to...

Australia's official May data continued today with Retail Sales. For the month (M/M) this arrived for May below expectations at 0.1% (exp 0.2%; previous -0.1%). This is going to keep the rate cut buzz alive since the RBA tipped its hat to further cuts to come down the line if things do not improve. The RBA repeated that the œmain domestic uncertainty continues to be the outlook for...

A gauge of U.S. service industries dropped more than forecast in June to the weakest in almost two years, led by a cooling in employment that may further temper optimism about the labor market heading into Friday's jobs report. The non-manufacturing index fell to 55.1 from 56.9, according to an Institute for Supply Management survey Wednesday. Three of the gauge's four components...

The U.S. created a seasonally adjusted 102,000 private-sector jobs in June, payrolls processor ADP said Wednesday, up from a revised 41,000 in May. Economists polled by Econoday expected 140,000 new jobs. Mays numbers were revised higher by 14,000. What happened: Large businesses led the growth in June, adding 65,000 jobs. Small businesses are struggling, losing 23,000 jobs. By sector,...

ASIA
Japan's Wage Gains Accelerate in November Despite Gloomy Outlook
Wednesday, 9 January 2019 07:18 WIB Japanese wages rose more than expected in November, offering hope of stronger consumer spending that could fuel inflation if gains are...
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
Trump Says China Will `Reduce and Remove' Car Import Tariffs
Monday, 3 December 2018 12:08 WIB U.S. President Donald Trump said China has agreed to œreduce and remove tariffs on American cars from 40 percent currently. He gave...

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