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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 20 August 2018

  • Flash August PMI data released for Japan, the US and Eurozone
  • Thailand GDP and trade data updates
  • Taiwan trade numbers eyed for Asian export trends
  • FOMC, RBA and ECB meeting minutes

Flash PMI surveys will be a feature of the week, highlighting how Japan, the US and Eurozone are faring midway through the third quarter and hence giving a steer on global economic conditions. In Asia, there's a particular focus on Thailand and Taiwan, with GDP and trade data eagerly awaited. Central bank attention rests on meeting accounts for the FOMC, Reserve Bank of Australia and ECB.

However, markets will no doubt be keenly eyeing developments in Turkey and watching for signs of contagion to other markets. Our Turkish PMI data already show signs of the economy struggling in the face of the country's currency crisis, and our special feature this week looks at which countries look most susceptible to spill-over contagion.

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Posted 17 August 2018 by Bernard Aw, Principal Economist, Economic Indices, IHS Markit and

Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist, IHS Markit and

Rajiv Biswas, Executive Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist, IHS Markit

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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