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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 11 February 2019

08 February 2019 Bernard Aw Chris Williamson Rajiv Biswas
  • China trade, credit and direct investment data
  • Japan and Malaysia GDP
  • Further US-China trade talks
  • Special report on Japan-EU economic pact

Returning from its Golden Week break, China's data releases will be among the highlights of the coming week, providing fresh clues into economic trends at the start of the year. The official data follow Caixin and government-sponsored manufacturing PMI surveys, both of which signalled another deterioration. Further US-China trade talks in the same week will also attract great interest.

Japan and Malaysia will meanwhile report fourth quarter GDP figures, with a focus on the former after natural calamities hit output in the third quarter. In Asia, other notable data releases included South Korea's unemployment rate, trade data from the Philippines and Indonesia, as well as inflation figures in India and Taiwan.

Elsewhere, with the temporary end of the partial US government shutdown, new release dates* for affected data, including GDP, were announced. GDP figures in Euro area and Germany as well as UK inflation will also be closely monitored.

Our special report this week focuses on the newly-signed Japan-EU economic partnership agreement.

Download the article for a full diary of key economic releases.

Contact for further APAC commentary: Bernard Aw or Rajiv Biswas

Contact for European and US PMI commentary: Chris Williamson

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Purchasing Managers' Index™ (PMI™) data are compiled by IHS Markit for more than 40 economies worldwide. The monthly data are derived from surveys of senior executives at private sector companies, and are available only via subscription. The PMI dataset features a headline number, which indicates the overall health of an economy, and sub-indices, which provide insights into other key economic drivers such as GDP, inflation, exports, capacity utilization, employment and inventories. The PMI data are used by financial and corporate professionals to better understand where economies and markets are headed, and to uncover opportunities.

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