The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits last week rocketed to a record 3.28 million as large parts of the U.S. economy shut down and companies laid off scores of workers to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The seasonally adjusted increase in initial jobless claims from March 15 to March 21 was the largest ever, easily crushing the previous record of 695,000 in 1982. Just a few weeks ago, new claims hovered in the low 200,000s and stood near a 50-year low The sudden and almost unfathomable surge in claims is likely just the beginning. Waves of fresh layoffs are...

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Australia, like much of the developed world, has struggled to rekindle inflation as wages stagnate and intensified competition keeps prices in check. The central bank focuses on core inflation, a combination of the trimmed mean and weighted median gauges, that smooths out sharp fluctuations. The statistics bureau released the data in Sydney Wednesday. CPI rose 0.7% Q/Q vs est. 0.6%...

Consumer confidence in the U.S. grew more than expected in January as the outlook around the labor market improved, data released Tuesday by The Conference Board showed. The Boards consumer confidence index rose to 131.6 this month from 126.5 in December. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected consumer confidence to rise to 128. Lynn Franco, senior director of economic indicators at The...

The headline German IFO Business Climate Index came in at 95.9 in January, weaker than last month's 96.3 and missing the consensus estimates pointing to a reading of 97.0. Meanwhile, the Current Economic Assessment arrived at 99.7 points in the reported month as compared to last month's 98.8 and 99.2 anticipated. On the other hand, the IFO Expectations Index “ indicating firms projections...

A closely watched measure of U.K. economic activity surged to the highest since 2018 in January, undercutting the case for a Bank of England interest-rate cut next week. IHS Markit's flash index for output across the whole economy jumped to 52.4 as firms cited reduced political uncertainty in the wake of Boris Johnson's decisive election victory. That's up from 49.3 last month and above levels...

Germany economy took a big step to putting the horrors of 2019 behind it, opening the new year with a pickup in activity and business confidence. IHS Markit's composite Purchasing Managers' Index rose to a five-month high of 51.1 in January, beating forecasts for a reading of 50.5. While manufacturing is still shrinking, the pace of contraction was less severe than economists had...

Australian employment outpaced forecasts for a second month in December pushing the jobless rate to a nine-month low, a much-needed improvement that could forestall a near-term cut in interest rates. The local dollar climbed 0.47% to $0.6874 as the market pared the chance of an easing from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) at its next policy meeting on Feb. 4. Thursdays data showed 28,900...

U.K. consumers stayed away from the stores during the key Christmas trading period, despite widespread discounting and a break in the political impasse over Brexit.  The volume of goods sold in stores and online fell 0.6% in December, confounding expectations of a 0.6% increase. Sales excluding auto fuel dropped 0.8%.  The figures, which include Black Friday and Cyber Monday, will...

Chinas economy stabilized last quarter after slowing to the slowest pace in almost three decades, as rising demand and easing trade tensions supported sentiment. Gross domestic product rose 6% in the final quarter of 2019 from a year earlier, the same as in the previous three-month period and the median estimate. The worlds second-largest...

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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