U.S. retail sales unexpectedly declined in April for the second time in three months, weighed down by soft sales of autos and building materials and suggesting consumer spending will remain subdued this quarter. The value of overall sales declined 0.2% after a 1.7% increase the prior month that was the strongest gain since 2017, according to Commerce Department figures released Wednesday. That compared with the median forecast in Bloomberg™s survey calling for a 0.2% rise. Sales in the ``control group'' subset, which some analysts view as a cleaner gauge of underlying...

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The Institute for Supply Management's Non-Manufacturing PMI fell to 55.5 in April from 56.1 in March and fell short of the market expectation of 57. With the initial market reaction, the US Dollar Index turned south and erased a large part of yesterday's gains. As of writing, the index was down 0.17% on the day at 97.67. Commenting on the data, "The non-manufacturing sector has experienced an...

The economy generated a stronger than expected 263,000 new jobs in April, helping to drive down the unemployment rate to a 49-year low of 3.6%. The increase in new jobs easily topped the 217,000 MarketWatch forecast. The jobless rate slid from 3.8% in March to hit the lowest level since December 1969. The average wage paid to American workers rose 6 cents, or 0.2%, to $27.77 an hour. The...

Approvals for the construction of new homes hit a wall in March as units and townhouses drove a seasonally adjusted 15.5 per cent decline in overall activity. Approvals for private sector houses fell 3.2 per cent, while the "other dwellings" category, which includes apartment blocks and townhouses, plunged 30.6 per cent. Building and construction economist for BIS Oxford Economics Tim Hibbert...

The Institue for Supply Management in its latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business said that the economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded at a slower pace than expected in April with the headline PMI slumping to 52.8 from 55.3 in March and falling short of the market expectation of 55. Assessing the data, "Comments from the panel reflect continued expanding business strength,...

In its monthly Consumer Confidence Survey, The Conference Board reported that the consumer sentiment improved to 129.2 in April from 124.2 in March. According to the press release, both the Present Situation and the Expectation sub-indexes rose from March levels. Commenting on the data, "Overall, consumers expect the economy to continue growing at a solid pace into the summer months. These...

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...

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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
Asian markets closed for holiday
Monday, 31 December 2018 09:15 WIB Financial markets in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and South Korea are closed on Monday for a public holiday. AFP
EUROPE
U.K. Wages Grow at Fastest Pace Since 2008 in Tight Labor Market
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 17:09 WIB Britons are enjoying the strongest wage growth since the financial crisis a decade ago as the labor market tightens. Average earnings excluding...
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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