The Consumer Price Index (CPI) of the eurozone came in below expectations in August, after the revised data showed that inflation rose by a smaller 0.1 percent against the flash estimate of a 0.2-percent increase.
The European Central Bank (ECB) responded to macroeconomic pressures and the eurozone economy’s weak outlook by cutting benchmark interest rates by 10 basis points. Concluding the monetary-policy meeting in Frankfurt last month, the governing council announced a reduction in interest rates on the deposit facility
Industrial production in Germany fell by a bigger-than-expected 1.5 percent month-on-month in June 2019, after the escalating trade war between the United States and China triggered a negative impact on the country’s exports.
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the US Federal Reserve System (the Fed) will be heading into its fifth monetary-policy meeting for the year on July 30, with markets keenly eyeing the outcome, in spite of the majority of market indicators already pricing in a rate cut.
The pound sterling fell to 27-month lows against the greenback on July 16, after Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, frontrunners to succeed outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May, hardened their Brexit pitches over the Irish backstop.
Germany’s seasonally adjusted retail-sales figure surged 3.3 percent month-on-month in January to its highest level since October 2016, rebounding sharply from a downwardly revised -3.1 percent in December, according to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany.
The unemployment rate in the United States climbed to 4.0 percent in January, the highest since June 2018 and marginally higher than the 3.9 percent recorded in December of last year.
There have been 22 federal government shutdowns in the United States since 1979, with three last year alone, including the most recent 35-day partial shutdown, which came into effect on December 22, 2018. Considered the longest in US history
China’s factory orders fell for the second month in a row, with the Caixin/Markit Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) indicating further contraction in the country’s manufacturing activity in January.
Brazil’s current account deficit (CAD) narrowed to $0.82 billion in December 2018 from $2.07 billion a year earlier on the back of a widening trade surplus in goods, even as the country’s services industry recorded an annual deficit.