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Week ahead economic preview

Week ahead economic preview

A number of countries see updated second quarter GDP numbers, but the flash August PMI data for the US, Eurozone and Japan will provide early insights on the health of global economies midway through the third quarter. Other key data highlights include...

UK labour market strength generates only meagre wage growth

UK labour market strength generates only meagre wage growth

The second quarter saw strong growth of employment and falling unemployment, but a persistent lack of any significant upturn wage growth in the economy further dents the prospect of interest rates rising, especially given the steadying of inflation in July.

Japan second-quarter GDP at strongest for over two years

Japan second-quarter GDP at strongest for over two years

Japan’s economy expanded at the fastest rate for over two years during the second quarter, marking a sixth successive quarter of growth, thanks to improving domestic demand. Further growth is signalled at the start of the third quarter, according to the...

Week Ahead Economic Preview

Week Ahead Economic Preview

A number of countries see second-quarter GDP data releases, while retail sales and housing statistics will help gauge consumer resilience in the US, and therefore future Fed policy. Other key highlights include UK employment, retail sales and inflation,...

Basic materials sectors move up Asian growth rankings

Basic materials sectors move up Asian growth rankings

The start of the third quarter saw a sustained upturn in the majority of Asian sectors. One of the notable performances was that of chemicals, which recorded a sharp improvement to become the best performing sector in July, reflecting a general turnaround...