Inflation fears overdone, more policy tweaks

Chinese consumers appear to have become more worried about inflation recently. But these concerns may reflect a broader sense of unease among households in response to a weakening labour market rather than about inflation itself, which seems likely to remain fairly contained. Policymakers, for their part, still seem more concerned about slowing growth than about inflation risks and have continued to expand their efforts to lower financing costs and boost lending.
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China Economics Weekly

Year-end policy bash to strike a more dovish tone

The upcoming Central Economic Work Conference in Beijing is likely to signal that policy is turning more supportive. But loosening will be measured, and growth over coming quarters will still slow.

3 December 2021

China Data Response

China Caixin Manufacturing PMI (Nov.)

The Caixin manufacturing index published today slipped under 50 last month on the back of softer domestic demand. This contrasts with the official survey released yesterday. Taken together, the surveys still suggest that industrial output rebounded in November as power shortages abated. And they also point to easing factory-gate price pressures. Drop-In: Why is Asia sitting out the global inflation surge? 09:00 GMT/17:00 HKT, Thursday 2nd December https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3546145/A9D34EF592141BEFCAC819ADB40359D5?partnerref=report

1 December 2021

China Data Response

China Official PMIs (Nov.)

The official PMIs suggest that industrial activity rebounded this month thanks to easing disruptions from power shortages while a renewed virus flare-up held back the recovery in services. And while we know little about its transmissibility and severity, the new Omicron variant could hold back a further economic recovery. On a more positive note, the surveys point to easing price pressures.

30 November 2021

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Japan Economics Weekly

Abe delaying retirement, Q2 growth strong

Prime Minister Abe is set to remain in power for another three years following the LDP leadership elections. One of the few substantive reform proposals he has put forward is an increase in the retirement age beyond the current 65. While this would reduce pension spending, it is less certain whether it would increase employment among the elderly. And any change wouldn’t be implemented for a couple of more years.

7 September 2018

Australia & New Zealand Data Response

International Trade (Jul.)

It looks as though the contribution to real GDP growth in the third quarter from net exports will be similar to the 0.1 percentage point added in the second quarter. But the near-stagnation in imports in July provides some tentative evidence that domestic demand may have softened.

6 September 2018

Australia & New Zealand Data Response

Private Capex Survey (Q2) & Building Approvals (Jul.)

Just 18 months after it got going, the recovery in private investment appears to be running out of steam. This partly explains why we estimate that GDP in the second quarter may have risen by just 0.5% q/q.

30 August 2018
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