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Return to UK growth proves a damp squib

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • UK GDP data for May were certainly weaker than expected, with the return to growth very much a damp squib, leaving output down almost 25% from the level before the pandemic hit in February. 

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Japanese economic conditions improving as lending surges

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • A Japanese survey hinted at some signs of improvement in June, while the BoJ’s various funding programmes to support firms struggling through the current crisis appear to have fed into a sharp acceleration in lending over recent months.

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Japanese and German data underwhelm

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol

While activity has inevitably rebounded somewhat as and when lockdowns have been relaxed, the latest Japanese spending and German IP data remained underwhelming. 

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German factory orders still subdued

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol

While the recovery in Germany’s retail sector from the pandemic shock has been swift, the recovery in Germany’s manufacturing sector is shaping up to be far less dynamic. 

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Japan’s business conditions tank

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • The BoJ’s Tankan offered a very downbeat assessment of the outlook for Japanese businesses, while consumers remain seemingly still very pessimistic too. In contrast, there was an unmistakeable V-shaped rebound in German retail sales in May.

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