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Aussie Q3 GDP growth slows

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Australia’s Q3 GDP fell short of expectations as household spending growth was the joint-lowest since the height of the Global Financial Crisis and private investment continued to decline. Elsewhere, services surveys and the US ADP report will be the main data focus across the major economies. 

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RBA signals easing bias, but in no hurry

Chris Scicluna
Emily Nicol
  • While the RBA reiterated that it remained prepared to ease policy further if required, today's policy statement was slightly less dovish and suggested that it is in no hurry to adjust policy. 

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China PMIs give markets a boost

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Despite the return of political uncertainty in Germany, Asian markets started the week on the front foot after the weekend’s Chinese PMIs surprised on the upside. Meanwhile, the latest Japanese data suggested an upwards revision to Q3 GDP but highlighted the weakness of domestic demand in Q4. Aussie data were  also mixed, although a further acceleration in house prices caught the eye.

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Japanese IP tanks

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Manufacturing output in Japan fell to its lowest level since 2015, while Germany chalked up its biggest drop in retail sales this year. The flash estimate of euro area inflation in November was, however, set to take a step up.

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Japanese retail sales plunge

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Following the long-awaited consumption tax hike, Japanese retail sales fell off a cliff, plunging to the second-lowest level since the Global Financial Crisis, as Typhoon Hagibis also took its toll.

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