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. Thursday™s data showed 28,900 net new jobs were created in December, beating forecasts of 15,000 and on top of a surprisingly strong 38,400 gain in November. The unemployment rate edged down a tick to 5.1%, the lowest reading...

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The data published by the Automatic Data Processing (ADP) showed that employment in the private sector in October increased by 125,000 following September's reading of 93,000 (revised from 135,000) and came in slightly better than the market expectation of 120,000. The Greenback's reaction to the data was relatively muted and the US Dollar Index was last down 0.04% on the day at...

Australia core inflation remained sluggish in the three months through September, underscoring the central banks challenge to reignite prices in the economy. The trimmed-mean gauge, a key core measure, gained 0.4% from the prior quarter and 1.6% from a year earlier, matching economists estimates. Headline inflation rose 0.5% in the third quarter from three months earlier and 1.7% from...

The Conference Board's (CB) Consumer Confidence Index fell to 125.9 in October from 126.3 in September (revised from 125.1) and missed the market expectation of 128. With the initial market reaction, the US Dollar Index lost its traction and was last seen down 0.03% on the day at 97.71. Below are key takeaways from the CB's press release, as reported by Reuters. "Consumer Present Situation...

Employment in Germany's private sector fell for the first time in six years in October, a survey showed on Thursday, suggesting that a third-quarter slowdown in Europe's largest economy could stretch into the closing months of the year. Markit's flash Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) survey showed that the slight fall in employment was mainly the result of job losses in the manufacturing...

French business activity picked up more than expected in October, boosted mainly by a firmer service sector but also by resilient manufacturing, a monthly survey showed on Thursday. Data compiler IHS Markit said its preliminary composite purchasing managers index rose to 52.6 points from 50.8 last month, topping economists' average estimate for 51.0. The unexpectedly strong improvement brought...

China's economy slowed sharply in the third quarter, courtesy of the trade tensions with the US, the official data released at 02:00 GMT showed. The annualised third quarter gross domestic product (GDP) came in at 6%, missing the forecasted print of 6.1% and down from the preceding quarter's GDP of 6.2%. However, the Industrial Production rose 5.8% year-on-year in September, beating the...

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve said Thursday its gauge of business activity fell to 5.6 in October from 12 in September. Economists polled by Econoday expected a 7.1 reading. Any reading above zero indicates improving conditions. The barometers on new orders and shipments were mixed. The new orders gauge rose to 26.2 from 24.8 while shipments dipped to 18.9 from 26.4. Employment readings rose...

British shoppers grew more cautious about their spending in the three months to September despite enjoying real growth in their wages, raising concerns about the health of the economy in the run-up to Brexit. Consumer spending has been the biggest driver of British economic growth since June 2016's referendum to leave the European Union, but there have been increasing signs that this is...

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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