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Japan’s GDP contracts sharply

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • The first estimate of Japan’s Q4 GDP came in  much weaker than expected, with steep declines in private consumption and investment, offset in part by firmer government spending and a fall in imports.  

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German GDP flat, Japan’s services soft

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Germany’s economy just about managed to avoid a contraction in GDP in Q4. But Japan’s services data for December underscored the fact that its GDP fell sharply following October’s consumption hike.

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Inflation in focus

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • While Japan’s producer price inflation came in ahead of expectations on the back of higher energy inflation, it still suggested that price pressures down the pipeline remain very subdued. German consumer price inflation was also a touch firmer in January due to energy prices, while US CPI figures due later today were expected to follow a similar pattern.

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UK GDP to have slowed in Q4

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • As the latest NAB business survey suggested little change to Australian business conditions at the start of the year, the flash estimate of UK Q4 GDP is set to confirm a marked slowdown in the economy at the end of last as Brexit and political uncertainty continued to weigh.

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Chinese inflation surged in January

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Asian equity markets largely ignored a steep rise in China’s inflation in January, which rose to its highest since 2011. And despite increasing concerns about the extent of the hit to Japanese growth from the coronavirus, the latest economy watchers survey suggested a further improvement in economic conditions at the start of the year.

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