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Mittwoch 15 August
US: business sentiment, retail sales and production on the rise

US: Retail sales (July): 0.5% m/m vs 0.1% expected (prior: 0.2% revised from 0.5%)

  • Sales were strong in many sectors, but data for the prior month were revised down.
  • Sales were particularly strong for food, leisure, clothes and gasoline stations. On the opposite, sales were down for furniture, sports and health. Internet sales remained on a sustained trend.
  • Core sales were also strong (0.5% m/m), which bodes well for consumption in Q3.

 

US: Empire manufacturing (Aug.): 25.6 vs 20 expected (prior: 22.6)

  • Sentiment has increased further contrary to expectations; sentiment on the economy has improved as well as shipments, even if new orders have moderated; employment is all seen in moderation, while capex should extend further.
  • More worryingly, prices paid have strongly increased.

 

US: Nonfarm productivity (Q2-18): 2.9% q/q vs 2.4% expected (prior: 0.3% revised from 0.4%)

  • Given the rebound in GDP growth on Q2, productivity has logically rebounded with stronger output.
  • Total compensation was up by 2% q/q and unit labor costs have contracted by 0.9% q/q.
  • On a yearly basis, productivity gains remain muted (1.3% y/y), while total compensation has increased by a strong 3.2% y/y.

 

US: Industrial production (July): 0.1% m/m vs 0.3% expected (prior: 1% revised from 0.6%)

  • Production was strong in autos, computers, and electronics and also for natural gas. Production has moderated for home electronics, utilities and construction supply.
  • As past month data were revised higher, trend remains positive despite a mixed picture across the sectors.

 

US: Business inventories (june): 0.1% m/m as expected (prior: 0.3% revised from 0.4%)

  • Inventories have decreased for autos and stayed moderate or flat in other main sectors; sales were up by 0.3% m/m after 1.3% m/m in May.
  • Thanks to firm demand, inventories in manufacturers are on a decreasing trend.

 

US: NAHB housing market index (Aug.): 67 as expected (prior: 68)

  • Sentiment has slightly eased on lower future sales and lower buyers’ traffic.

 

UK: CPI (July): 0% m/m as expected (prior: 0%)

  • Mixed picture across sectors: rising prices of transport, leisure but lower prices for food and clothes over the month.
  • The yearly change has slightly accelerated from 2.4%y/y the prior month to 2.5% y/y. In this environment, the BoE should maintain its tightening bias.

 

UK: PPI Input prices (July): 0.5% m/m vs 0.1% expected (prior: 0.3% revised from 0.2%)

  • Raw materials, energy prices and prices of manufactured goods stayed on a strong rising trend : 10.9% y/y

 

UK: PPI Output prices (July): 0% m/m vs 0.2% expected (prior: 0.3% revised from 0.1%)

  • Trend has stabilized on a 3.1% y/y rise.
  • As input prices have increased more rapidly than output prices, downwards pressures on margins could result for some firms.

 

Russia: Industrial production (July): 3.9% y/y vs 2.6% expected (prior: 2.2%)

  • Manufacturing production was firmer, up by 4.6% y/y.

 

Turkey: Unemployment rate (May): 9.7% (prior: 9.6%)

  • Due to major troubles in markets and tougher financial conditions for firms, the trend in labor might deteriorate further.
Dienstag 14 August
Sustained Q2 GDP growth in Germany; US small firms’ sentiment at record high

US: NFIB Small Business optimism (July): 107.9 vs 106.8 expected (prior: 107.2)

  • Sentiment on future economy, capex and hiring has increased from the prior month.
  • The index is back to its previous highest levels.

 

Germany: GDP (Q2-18): 0.5% q/q vs 0.4% expected (prior: 0.4% revised from 0.3%)

  • GDP growth was more resilient than expected, thanks to dynamic domestic demand, while net exports were negative according to first estimate. Past quarter data were also revised up from initial estimates. More details on GDP data will be published later on.
  • Growth trend has slowed on a yearly basis, from 2.8% y/y in Q4-17 to 2% y/y in Q2.

 

Switzerland: PPI-import prices (July): 0.1% m/m (prior: 0.2%)

  • Import prices were up by 6.9% y/y; producer prices were up by 2.1% y/y. These prices have been mainly driven by higher energy, raw material and machinery prices.

 

France: Unemployment rate (Q2-18): 8.7% vs 8.9% expected (prior: 8.9%)

  • Unemployed has decreased by 48 k over the quarter.

 

UK: Unemployment rate (ILO) (July): 4% vs 4.2% expected (prior: 4.2%)

  • Claimant count stayed stable at 2.5%.
  • Jobless claims have increased by 6.2 k after 9 k the prior month.
  • With fewer arrivals of foreign workers, employment of UK nationals has increased.

 

UK: Average earnings incl. Bonus (June): 2.4% y/y vs 2.5% expected (prior: 2.5%)

  • Including bonuses, wages were up by 2.7% y/y after 2.8% y/y the prior month.
  • Trend in wage growth has accelerated in construction and leisure sectors, but remained contained in other sectors.
  • Lower slack in labor could put wages on rising pressures in several sectors.

 

Eurozone: Industrial production (June): -0.7% m/m vs -0.4% expected (prior: 1.4% revised from 1.3%)

  • After the rebound in May, activity has eased back in June except in energy.
  • Activity could remain fragile if concerns on trade war develop further.

 

Eurozone: GDP (Q2-18): 0.4% q/q vs 0.3% expected (prior: 0.4%)

  • Growth estimate for Q2 has been revised up, from 0.3%q to 0.4%q.
  • Germany and Eastern countries have been the driving force in Q2, in terms of GDP growth.
  • Q3 GDP growth should be at least up by 0.4%q/q.

 

Germany: Zew (Aug.): 72.6 vs 72.1 expected (prior: 72.4)

  • Sentiment among financial community has increased and expectations were less depressed.

 

Poland: GDP (Q2-18): 0.9% q/q vs 1% expected (prior: 1.6%)

  • Growth stayed on a stable yearly trend (5% y/y).
Freitag 10 August
Moderate US inflation; UK GDP has rebounded in Q2

US: CPI (July): 0.2% m/m as expected (prior: 0.1%)

  • Inflation remained moderate; prices of energy, apparels and computers were down over the month, while rents and services were up by 0.3% m/m; core inflation was up by 0.2% m/m as expected.
  • Headline inflation stayed on a stable trend at 2.9% y/y, while core inflation has slightly accelerated at 2.4% y/y after 2.3% y/y the prior month.
  • Headline inflation is expected to moderate at year-end, but the Fed should continue to hike in H2-18.

 

France: Industrial production (June): 0.6% m/m vs 0.5% expected (prior: -0.2%)

  • Activity has rebounded in all sectors, and particularly activity in refinery, reversing the decrease seen past months.
  • Construction and production of autos have both rebounded, which should be a positive signal for consumption and growth on Q3.

 

UK: Industrial production (June): 0.4% m/m vs 0.3% expected (prior: -0.2% revised from -0.4%)

  • The rebound was mainly led by consumer goods production, while production in investment good was flat; production was down for intermediate, energy and oil sectors.

 

UK: GDP (Q2-18): 0.4% q/q as expected (prior: 0.2%)

  • Investment has driven the rebound, with firmer consumption. Exports have sharply fallen, still contributing negatively to GDP.
  • In terms of sectors, the main positive contribution came from services, transport, leisure and water distribution.
  • On a yearly basis, GDP has stabilized at 1.3% y/y, but domestic growth has slowed down further from 2.3% y/y in Q4-17.
  • The growth outlook depends from next UK-EU negotiations on Brexit.

 

Russia: GDP (Q2-18): 1.8% y/y vs 1.9% expected (prior: 1.3%)

  • Growth trend has slightly improved by Q2, but remained moderate as sanctions remained a drag on activity.
Donnerstag 09 August
US: flat monthly PPIs due to lower food and energy prices

US: Initial jobless claims (Aug. 4): 213k vs 220k expected (prior: 219k revised from 218k)

  • Continuing claims: 1755 k after 1726 k the prior week.

 

US: PPI (July): 0% m/m vs 0.2% expected (prior: 0.3%)

  • Prices stayed moderate due to lower prices in food and energy. Few rises are related to the increase of tariffs in steel.
  • Core prices (ex food, energy and trade) were up by a firmer 0.3% m/m; prices of capital equipment, transport and travel services have strongly rebounded over the month. This could push higher inflation at the core PCE/CPI level later on.
  • PPIs stayed on a quite stable yearly trend: 3.3% y/y after 3.4% y/y the prior month.

 

US: Wholesale inventories (June): 0.1% m/m vs 0% expected (prior: 0%)

  • Inventories have decreased on autos but have risen further for machinery; sales were negative (-0.1% m/m after 2.1% m/m), but were positive for autos and sustained for machinery.
  • The inventory-to-sales ratio stayed stable at a low level.

 

UK: RICS house price balance (July): 4% as expected (prior: 3% revised from 2%)

  • Sentiment on housing has slightly increased, but views on prices and future sales have weakened.

 

Switzerland: Unemployment rate (sa) (July): 2.6% as expected (prior: 2.6%)

  • Unemployed has decreased further, but its pace has moderated compared to the prior quarter.
Mittwoch 08 August
Stable business confidence in France; weakening industrial activity in Spain

France: Business sentiment (Bank of France) (July): 101 as expected (prior: 101)

  • Sentiment has eased on production and orders, but it has globally stabilized.

 

Spain: Industrial production (June): -0.6% m/m vs -0.2% expected (prior: 0.8% revised from 0.9%)

  • A large fall in production in energy and in durable consumer goods.
  • Trend in industry has slowed down, and is now at the bottom of the growth range (0-5%y/y) in place since 2014.

 

Brazil: CPI (IBGE) (July): 0.33% m/m vs 0.26% expected (prior: 1.26%)

  • Housing prices remained on a strong growth, but prices of food and clothes have decreased over the month.
  • Inflation is still on a rising trend: 4.48% y/y after 4.39% y/y in June.
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