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Japanese exports and orders disappoint (again)

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Japan's trade and machine orders data suggested a soft start to the year for economic activity. And while Australia's wage and vacancy figures were mixed, a government report suggested that the agricultural sector could weigh more heavily on economic growth this year than previously thought. 

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Aussie sentiment survives bushfires

Emily Nicol
  • While Apple's sales miss prediction weighed on Asian markets, a survey suggested that Australian businesses judged the impact of the bushfires to have been less severe than the Queensland floods early last decade.  

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Japan’s GDP contracts sharply

Emily Nicol
  • 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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