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Week Ahead  Economic Preview

Week Ahead Economic Preview

US inflation and retail sales figures are in focus next week as analysts search for clues as to the timing of the next Fed rate hike. A host of data from China, including trade, credit growth and inflation, will meanwhile provide signals of underlying...

UK PMI surveys show economy ending 2017 on resilient note

UK PMI surveys show economy ending 2017 on resilient note

The December PMI surveys showed the UK economy ending 2017 with a resilient and steady pace of growth, though a softer increase in new orders and a slowdown in hiring underscored downside risks to the near-term outlook. Price pressures meanwhile remained...

Australia PMI surveys signal a further pick-up in growth and prices during December

Australia PMI surveys signal a further pick-up in growth and prices...

The Australian economy ended 2017 with its weakest quarter in over a year, though the latest Commonwealth Bank PMI surveys also suggest that growth may well gather pace in early-2018. Rising inflationary pressures meanwhile add to expectations for tighter...

Strong December PMI rounds off best year for global manufacturing since 2010

Strong December PMI rounds off best year for global manufacturing...

A strong December global PMI rounded off the best year for manufacturing since 2010. While the upturn continued to show signs of broadening out to encompass emerging markets and Asia as trade flows increased towards the end of the year, the growth of...

Strong December Caixin China PMI ends best year since 2010

Strong December Caixin China PMI ends best year since 2010

The Chinese economy finished last year on a strong note, marking its best year since 2010, according to the Caixin China PMI surveys. However, the upturn was marred by a sustained pressure on firms’ margins, especially in manufacturing.

Positive end to 2017 for Thailand manufacturing

Positive end to 2017 for Thailand manufacturing

Thailand’s manufacturing economy ended an otherwise unspectacular year on a positive note. December PMI data showed an improvement in operating conditions driven mainly by stronger output growth. However, other survey indices sound a note of caution over...

PMI shows UK commercial construction falling for sixth month running in December

PMI shows UK commercial construction falling for sixth month...

The UK construction industry looks to have pulled out of its downturn, with improved PMI survey readings in the closing months of 2017 compared to the autumn. However, the survey also indicates that a lack of business investment is leading to falling...

Philippines manufacturing ends 2017 on a strong note

Philippines manufacturing ends 2017 on a strong note

The Philippines manufacturing economy finished the year on a solid footing, ending its best quarter of 2017, according to the Nikkei PMI data. Furthermore, other survey indicators suggest the sector will see a strong start to 2018.