In U.S. economic news, June’s existing home sales totaled 5.52M, lower than the 5.62M posted in May and forecasts of 5.58M. Meanwhile, the Eurozone’s Economic Sentiment Index marginally increased to 111.2 in July following June’s 111.1 reading, and surpassed analysts’ expectations of 110.8. Finally, Consumer prices in Japan increased 0.4% on year in June, matching economists’ estimates, and remaining unchanged from the prior month.
In U.S. economic news, import prices excluding oil for June rose 0.1%, coming in ahead of last month’s flat reading, while export prices excluding agriculture for the same month reported a flat reading, rising from the upwardly-revised 0.4% decrease seen in May. Elsewhere, Spain’s trade deficit climbed to EUR 1.43 billion for the month of May from EUR 0.94 billion reported in the prior-year period. Finally, Japan announced a merchandise trade surplus of ¥439.907 billion in June, down 35.9% on year and below expectations for a surplus of ¥488.0 billion following the ¥204.2 billion deficit in May.
In U.S. economic news, retail sales for May fell 0.3%, reversing course from last month’s 0.4% gain, and coming in lower than estimates of a 0.1% increase. Elsewhere, U.K. retail sales including auto fuel for May fell 1.2% month-on-month, reversing the 2.5% increase in April, and below economists’ estimates of of a 0.8% decline. Finally, GDP in New Zealand increased 0.5% on quarter in the first-quarter of 2017.
In U.S. economic news, personal income for the month of April rose 0.4%, up from the prior month’s 0.2% jump and matching consensus predictions. In labor news, the unemployment rate for May came in at 4.3%, falling from 4.4% in April, and below economists’ expectations of 4.4%. Elsewhere, Eurozone PPI increased 4.3% year-over-year in the month of April, gaining speed from the 3.9% increase seen in the prior month, yet missing economists’ estimates of a 4.5% gain. Finally, Japan’s consumer sentiment improved in May to 43.6 from 43.2 in April, slightly above economists’ expectations of 43.5.
In U.S. economic news, import prices excluding oil rose 0.3% in April, gaining from the prior period’s 0.2% increase, while export prices excluding agriculture expanded 0.1%, matching the prior month’s gain. Elsewhere, German GDP growth was recorded as a 0.6% quarterly increase in the first quarter, higher than the 0.4% increase seen in the prior quarter, and in-line with consensus estimates. Finally, China’s exports grew 8.0% in April from the prior year, however, failed to meet the anticipated growth of 11.3% and March’s 16.4% increase.
In U.S. economic news, personal spending for March remained flat, matching the prior month and falling short of projections of 0.1% increase. Meanwhile, Germany’s unemployment rate fell a seasonally-adjusted 15,000 to 2.453 million in April, higher than economists’ estimated decline of 11,000. Elsewhere, Hong Kong’s retail sales increased 3.1% year-over-year in March, reversing from a 5.8% decline in February, and ahead of economists’ expectations of a 0.9% drop.
In U.S. economic news, GDP-adv. for the first quarter expanded 0.7%, below the prior quarter’s 2.1% increase, and short of consensus estimates of a 1.1% increase. Additionally, the GDP chain deflator-adv. for the first quarter rose 2.3%, slightly above both the 2.1% increase projected by economists and seen in the previous quarter. Elsewhere, euozone inflation grew to 1.9% in April, above the 1.5% reported in March, and surpassing economists’ estimates of 1.8%. Finally, Japan’s Core CPI rose 0.2% in March, unchanged from the previous month, and matching analysts’ forecasts.
In U.S. economic news, leading indicators for March grew 0.4%, below the downwardly-revised 0.5% uptick reported in February, and coming in above economists’ estimates of a 0.3% expansion. Elsewhere, industrial production increased 0.5% in March, above the upwardly-revised 0.1% gain seen in February, and besting consensus estimates of 0.4% growth. The Eurozone current account surplus increased to a record high in February, surging to a seasonally-adjusted €37.9 billion, up dramatically from €26.1 billion in January. Finally, Japan’s tertiary activity index rose 0.2% month-over-month in February, reversing course from a 0.2% drop in January, but below economists’ expectations of a 0.3% increase.
In U.S. economic, PPI in March fell 0.1% from the prior month’s 0.3% expansion, and below consensus estimates of a flat reading. Additionally, core PPI for March came in flat, below the 0.3% gain seen in February, and missing economists’ estimates of a 0.2% jump. Elsewhere, U.K. jobless rate remained unchanged at 4.7% for the three months to February, the lowest the reading has been since 1975. Finally, core machine orders in Japan increased a seasonally adjusted 1.5% on month in February, falling short of estimates of a 3.6% gain but coming in ahead of January’s 3.2% decline.
In U.S. economic news, factory orders for February increased 1.0%, below the upwardly-revised 1.5% gain reported in January, but beating consensus estimates of a 0.9% increase. Elsewhere, Germany’s industrial output expanded 2.2% for the month of February, matching January’s report, and above economists’ estimates of a 0.2% decline. Lastly, Japan’s consumer confidence index jumped to 43.9 in March from 43.2 in February, and topped economists’ expectations of a reading of 43.4.