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Barometer gauging US inflation

Reading the inflation gauge

US consumer prices rose 0.2% on Tuesday in line with estimates and are bound to soothe rattled equities markets.

Claire Hunte

Economic preview: German coalition vote begins

Outside of the usual key economic risk events, Tuesday sees a major political risk event unfold as Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) vote on whether to align themselves in a "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU)

Neil Dennis

Dalio forecasts recession as US economy heads for boom and bust

Hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio has forecast the US economy to likely fall into recession prior to the next US presidential election in 2020.

James Hester

Eurozone inflation remains subdued at 1.3%

Inflation pressures in the eurozone remained subdued in January as consumer prices (CPI) eased in line with expectations, official data confirmed on Friday

Neil Dennis
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German exports drive growth in fourth quarter

Germany's fourth-quarter gross domestic product growth was boosted by net exports, with "mixed signals" from domestic demand, the country's official statistics office said on Friday

Neil Dennis

Corporate Europe turns a corner with latest results

European corporate earnings have turned a corner halfway through quarterly results season, accelerating quicker than the US, in a surprising development that could signal how consensus forecasts are underrating growth potential.

Alison Bloomer

Renewed optimism among retailers despite slowed sales growth

For the first time since November 2016, retailers expect their business situation to improve over the next three months.

Alison Bloomer

US jobless claims fall back to 45-year low

Initial US jobless claims fell by 7,000 to 222,000 in the week ending February 17, marking the second lowest level since the end of the 2007-2009 recession.

Alison Bloomer

UK economic growth revised lower in the fourth-quarter

The pound fell on Thursday after UK growth was revised lower by the Office for National Statistics in its second estimate of fourth-quarter gross domestic product (GDP)

Neil Dennis
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Kenya tests bond market as debts mount

10-year and 30-year bond issues are reportedly being marketed to prospective investors, despite the country’s recent credit downgrade from Moody’s.

Graham Buck

Fed rate expectations prompt US stock reversal and bond sell-off

US stocks reversed early gains and Treasury bonds sold off late on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve sent a rather hawkish message to markets, minutes from its most recent meeting revealed

Neil Dennis
US housing

US pre-owned home sales in biggest fall for three years

The number of pre-owned homes sold in the US fell at its fastest rate for three years in January.

Richard Reed

UK productivity rises for second successive quarter

The UK’s productivity has improved for the second successive quarter, according to the latest figures. Output per hour rose 0.8% in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2017

Richard Reed
Deficit reduction is on track

UK government’s deficit reduction plan on target

The budget surplus for January, traditionally a month of bumper tax receipts, was slightly above forecasts at £10bn.

Graham Buck

Pressure on Bank of England as UK wage growth rises

Sterling lost ground on Wednesday after UK labour market data showed a rise in the rate of unemployment, but signs of underlying wage growth in December kept alive some expectations of a May interest rate rise

Neil Dennis

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