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Postby IFX Gertrude » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:47 am

South Korea Consumer Confidence Weakens Further

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South Korea's consumer confidence weakened for the third straight month in August, survey data from Bank of Korea showed Tuesday.

The consumer sentiment index dropped to 99.2 in August from 101.0 in July.

Consumer sentiment regarding current living standards was 2.0 points down from the preceding month at 89, while that concerning their future outlook was unchanged at 97.

Consumer sentiment as to future household income was 1.0 point lower than in the month before at 98, and that concerning their future spending one point higher at 106.

The index measuring current domestic economic conditions slid to 70 from 77 and that regarding future domestic economic conditions weakened from 87 to 82.

The expected inflation rate over the following year was 2.7 percent.

The survey was conducted among 2,200 households between August 13 and 20.

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Postby IFX Gertrude » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:28 am

Japan Consumer Confidence At 1-Year Low

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Japan's consumer confidence weakened further in August to the lowest level in a year, survey data from the Cabinet Office showed Wednesday.

The seasonally adjusted consumer confidence index dropped to 43.3 in August from 43.5 in July.

Moreover, this was the lowest score since August last year, when it marked the same 43.3.

The sub-index for income growth fell to 41.8 in August from 42.2 in the previous month. Similarly, the component index for employment decreased from 48.0 to 47.7.

The gauge measuring willingness to buy durable goods worsened to 42.0 from 42.2, while the index for overall livelihood rose to 41.7 from 41.6.

The survey was conducted among 8,400 households on August 15.

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Postby IFX Gertrude » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:49 am

Japan Retail Sales Gain 0.1% In July

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Retail sales in Japan were up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent on month in July, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Thursday.

That missed expectations for an increase of 0.2 percent following the 1.5 percent spike in June.

On a yearly basis, retail sales climbed 1.5 percent - exceeding expectations for 1.2 percent and down from 1.8 percent in the previous month.

Sales from large retailers tumbled 1.6 percent on year, missing forecasts for a decline of 0.7 percent following the 1.5 percent jump a month earlier.

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Postby IFX Gertrude » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:18 am

China Manufacturing PMI Rises To 51.3 In August

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The manufacturing sector in China continued to expand in August, and at a slightly faster rate, the latest survey from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Friday with a PMI score of 51.3.

That beat expectations for a score of 51.0 and was up from 51.2 in July.

The bureau also said that the non-manufacturing PMI came in at 54.2 - also exceeding expectations for 53.7 and up from 54.0 in the previous month.

The composite index had a score of 53.8, up from 53.6 a month earlier.

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Postby IFX Gertrude » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:09 am

Japan Manufacturing Growth Improves In August

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Japan's manufacturing growth improved slightly in August, final survey figures from IHS Markit showed Monday.

The Nikkei flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI rose to 52.5 in August from 52.3 in July. That was in line with the flash data published on August 23.

Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector.

In line with stronger inflows of new work, firms raised production and employment in August.

However, business sentiment dipped amid uncertainty arising from global geopolitics. On the price front, input price inflation remained sharp in August and selling prices grew at the fastest rate in almost ten years.

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Postby IFX Gertrude » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:01 am

South Korea Q2 GDP Growth Slows More Than Estimated

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South Korea's economic growth eased more than initially estimated in the three months ended June, latest figures from Bank of Korea showed Tuesday.

Gross domestic product advanced 0.6 percent sequentially in the second quarter, revised down from 0.7 percent rise seen in the flash report.

During the first quarter, the rate of expansion was 1.0 percent.

On the expenditure side, private consumption grew 0.3 percent over the quarter, while gross fixed capital formation declined by 2.9 percent.

Exports of goods and services gained 0.4 percent, while imports logged a fall of 3.0 percent

On an annual basis, GDP expanded at a steady pace of 2.8 percent in the June quarter.

The government forecasts the economy to grow 2.9 percent this year. The Bank of Korea also projected 2.9 percent growth for 2018, and 2.8 percent for 2019.

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Postby IFX Gertrude » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:19 am

Australia GDP Rises 0.9% In Q2

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Australia's gross domestic product expanded a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2018, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday.

That beat forecasts for a gain of 0.7 percent following the 1.0 percent gain in the three months prior.

On a yearly basis, GDP was up 3.4 percent - also exceeding forecasts for 2.9 percent and up from 3.1 percent in the previous three months.

Household final consumption expenditure increased 0.7 percent during the quarter, contributing 0.4 percentage points to GDP growth.

"Growth in domestic demand accounts for over half the growth in GDP, and reflected strength in household expenditure," Chief Economist for the ABS, Bruce Hockman, said.

General government final consumption expenditure increased 1.0 percent in the June quarter. Public investment remained at elevated levels reflecting continued work on infrastructure projects across the nation.

Investment in new dwellings increased 3.6 percent for the quarter. with strength observed in Victoria and South Australia. This strength was reflected in the Construction industry, which grew 1.9 percent for the quarter.

Compensation of employees increased by 0.7 percent, while net exports contributed 0.1 percentage points to GDP growth.

The terms of trade fell 1.3 percent on quarter but advanced 2.0 percent on year.

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Postby IFX Gertrude » Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:21 am

Australia's Trade Surplus Falls In July

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Australia's trade surplus decreased in July, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported Thursday.

The trade surplus fell to a seasonally adjusted A$1.55 billion in July from A$1.94 billion in June. Nonetheless, this was above the expected level of A$1.45 billion.

Data showed that exports dropped 1 percent from the previous month, while imports remained broadly unchanged in July.

Export growth is likely to slow further through the second half of the year given the bulk of Australia's major LNG, iron ore and coal mines are now approaching output capacity and scope for further marginal increases appears limited, Tom Kennedy, an economist at J.P. Morgan, said.

As a result, the net export contribution to real GDP growth is expected to fade and become neutral by end-2018, the economist added.

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Postby IFX Gertrude » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:57 am

Malaysia's Industrial Output Growth Improves

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Malaysia's industrial production growth accelerated more-than-expected in July, the Department of Statistics reported Friday.

Industrial output grew 2.6 percent year-on-year in July, faster than June's 1.1 percent increase. Output was expected to climb 1.4 percent.

The growth in July was supported by a 5.2 percent increase in manufacturing and a 4.5 percent rise in electricity. Meanwhile, mining output logged a decline of 5.9 percent. On a monthly basis, industrial production advanced 2.6 percent, reversing a 1 percent drop in June.

Another report from the statistical office showed that manufacturing sales expanded 9.6 percent from last year to MYR 70 billion in July.

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Postby IFX Gertrude » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:05 am

Ireland Construction Growth Remains Strong In August

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Ireland's construction sector growth remained elevated in August, despite easing from July, survey data from IHS Markit showed Monday.

The Ulster Bank construction Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to 58.3 in August from 60.7 in July. However, any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector.

"The August survey results were also notable as they marked the 60th consecutive monthly expansion of construction activity, indicating that survey respondents have now been in recovery mode for five years following the extreme collapse which took hold during the financial crisis," Simon Barry, Chief Economist Republic of Ireland at Ulster Bank, said.

Among three monitored categories, the fastest growth was on residential projects. but, the pace of expansion moderated from July. The rate of growth in commercial activity also eased, while civil engineering activity rose for the second straight month.

New orders increased sharply, though the rate of growth slowed for the third successive month. Rising workloads forced companies to raise their staffing levels and purchasing activity in August.

On the price front, the rate of input price inflation quickened amid rising costs for a range of raw materials.

Firms were confident that new work on housing projects will help lead to increases in construction activity over the coming year.

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