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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 14 January 2019

14 January 2019 Bernard Aw Chris Williamson Rajiv Biswas
  • China credit and FDI data
  • Japan inflation
  • Indonesia sets monetary policy
  • UK's 'meaningful vote' on Brexit deal
  • Special focus on the electronics sector

With recent signs of growth slowing in China, another batch of economic statistics, including lending and foreign investment data will be scrutinised by market participants. Japan's inflation and industrial production numbers will also come into focus ahead of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy meeting later this month. Indonesia is meanwhile set to decide on interest rates.

Other data highlights for Asia include trade data for Indonesia and Singapore, plus Australia's investment lending and home loans data.

Elsewhere, the UK Parliament votes on the proposed EU Withdrawal Agreement deal after the initial vote in December was postponed. UK inflation and retail sales will also be keenly watched alongside US retail sales, industrial production and housing data, as well as fresh Eurozone industrial production numbers.

Our special focus looks at the recent slowdown in the global electronics sector and the impact on many Asian economies, for which the sector has become an important source of economic growth and exports.

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

Contact for further APAC commentary: Rajiv Biswas or Bernard Aw

Contact for European and US PMI commentary: Chris Williamson


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