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Japanese firms inevitably downbeat

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • After the Fed emphasised that the economic recovery would be a long one, a Japanese sentiment survey illustrated the severe deterioration in business conditions in Q2, and saw firms revise significantly lower their projections for profits and investment growth this fiscal year.   

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Japanese orders drop, but Aussies are happier

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • The Japanese economic data continued to bear the hallmark of the coronavirus, with significant weakness in machine orders and producer prices. French IP predictably posted a record drop too. But Australia provided cause for optimism, with a revival in consumer confidence back above the pre-covid level.

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Japanese wages weaker again

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • As Japanese wages fell on the back of a sharp cut in overtime earnings, German and French exports fell at a record rate at the start of Q2. And releases suggest that household spending in the UK remained weak in May. 

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Record drop in German IP

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • While Asian equities started the week on the front foot, the flow of economic data remained downbeat, with the confirmation of recession in Japan, ongoing weakness in Chinese imports and a record decline in German IP. 

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Japanese spending and German orders collapse

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Ahead of this afternoon’s US payrolls report, Japan’s spending figures confirmed a further notable contraction at the start of Q2, while German factory orders fell at a record rate in April.  

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