The U.S. economy shed 701,000 jobs in the month to mid-March, the government said in a monthly labor market report that largely predates any impact from the Covid-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy. The figures, normally the most eagerly-awaited data of the month in global financial markets, have already been rendered largely meaningless by the unprecedented spike in jobless claims over the subsequent two weeks. Nearly 10 million Americans “ 6% of a total workforce of 164 million - have filed for unemployment benefit since the Bureau of Labor Statistics™ cut-off date of March 12. Analysts...

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British shoppers started spending again at the start of this year after a very sluggish end to 2019, adding to signs that improved sentiment since December's election is translating into stronger economic activity. Retail sales volumes rose 0.9% on the month in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, after a 0.5% fall in December, Britain's Office for National Statistics said on Thursday. This...

Australia unemployment unexpectedly rose in January despite a surge in full-time employment as more people sought work. Employers added 13,500 jobs last month, compared with economists estimatesof a 10,000 gain, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed Thursday. The jobless rate climbed to 5.3% compared with a forecast 5.2%, while participation increased to 66.1%. The...

U.K. inflation picked up for the first time in six months, boosted by the cost of energy, motor fuel and air fares. Consumer prices rose a stronger-than-forecast 1.8% in January from a year earlier, the fastest since July, the Office for National Statistics said Wednesday. Core inflation picked up to 1.6%. But the acceleration is likely to prove temporary, with inflation expected to fall back...

Investors have been plunged back into a gloomy mood over the German economy on concern the coronavirus outbreak in China will disrupt global trade. ZEW's index of expectations for the next six months decreased to 8.7 in February, below even the most pessimistic estimate in a Bloomberg survey. The poll suggests confidence is fading that Europe's largest economy can stem a manufacturing recession...

Retail Sales in the US increased by 0.3% on a monthly basis in January following December's 0.2% growth, the advanced data published by the US Census Bureau showed on Friday. This reading came in line with market expectation. Retail Sales Excluding Autos also rose 0.3% in the same period after rising 0.6% in December. "Total sales for the November 2019 through January 2020 period were up 4.4%...

Inflation in the United States, as measured by the core Consumer Price Index (CPI), rose 2.3% on a yearly basis in January to match December's reading, the monthly data published by the United States (US) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed on Thursday. This reading came in higher than the market expectation of 2.2%. On a monthly basis, the core CPI registered +0.2% as expected and the CPI...

The preliminary reading of the fourth quarter 2019 UK GDP came in at 0.0% QoQ vs. 0.0% expected and +0.4% last while on an annualized basis the figure stood at +1.1% vs. +0.8 expected and +1.1% seen previously. The UK GDP monthly release showed that the UK economy expanded in December, arriving at +0.3% versus +0.2% expected and -0.3% previous. Meanwhile, Index of services (November) arrived...

Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) in the US increased by 225,000 in January following December's reading of 147,000 (revised from 145,000), the data published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed on Friday. This reading came in higher than the market expectation of 160,000. Further details of the report showed that the Unemployment Rate ticked up to 3.6% and the Average Hourly Earnings increased...

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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