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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 7 January 2019

04 January 2019 Bernard Aw Chris Williamson Rajiv Biswas

US-China trade talks dominate the calendar in the coming week, brought into focus with the latest trade figures from both US and China. Fourth quarter GDP for China will also be eyed for any trade war impact. Release of December Sector PMI surveys will provide further nuances into global business activity for key industries.

Other data highlights for Asia include Taiwan's trade numbers and South Korea's unemployment data. Analysts will monitor the first ECB policy meeting in 2019 after the Bank's decision in December to end its bond-buying programme. Elsewhere, GDP data for the UK and US trade statistics will be keenly watched.

Our special focus this week looks at the impact of the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which came into force on 30th December 2018.

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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