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UK inflation starting to slide

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • A record surge in Aussie retail sales in March won’t be sustained. But the drop in UK inflation reported this morning will be extended further over coming months.

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BoJ gives banks tentative thumbs-up

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • While Asian financial markets were inevitably uneasy after the May-delivery price for WTI crude dropped into negative territory,  the BoJ Japan’s banks a tentative thumbs-up in its latest Financial System Report.

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Japanese exports predictably weak

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Japanese exports predictably weakened at the end of Q1, with a widespread steeper pace of decline in shipments to its key export partners as the Covid-19 outbreak took its toll on global demand.

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Unprecedented plunge in China’s Q1 GDP

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Asian financial markets ended the week on an upbeat note despite an unprecedented plunge in China’s Q1 GDP, down an extraordinary 6.8%Y/Y, as the coronavirus-associated lockdown inevitably took its toll on economic activity.

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Sentiment settles

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • After yesterday’s renewed risk aversion, market sentiment appears to have settled once again on further evidence that the flow of new coronavirus cases has slowed and further countries move gradually to ease restrictions on activity. However, with a few exceptions, including today’s Aussie jobs numbers, the economic data remain extremely weak.

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