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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 18 February 2019

15 February 2019 Bernard Aw Rajiv Biswas
  • Flash PMI surveys to provide early clues to economic performance in Q1
  • Trade data from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore
  • Thai GDP and Bank Indonesia's policy meeting
  • Special report on US-Vietnam bilateral ties

Flash February PMI surveys will provide important steers of economic activity and price trends during the first quarter of 2019. January PMI data indicated that the growth slowdown has gathered pace at the start of the year, pushing the global PMI down to a 28-month low.

In Asia, a number of countries are reporting trade figures, with the focus on Japan's exports and Taiwan's export orders. Thailand will meanwhile report fourth quarter GDP figures, while Indonesia sets its monetary policy. The Reserve Bank of Australia publishes its policy meeting minutes. Other notable data releases included inflation figures in Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Elsewhere, US durable goods orders will be watched, alongside UK job and earnings data, as well as final estimates of inflation numbers across the Eurozone.

Our special report this week examines the improving bilateral relationship between the US and Vietnam.

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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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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