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Week Ahead APAC Economic Preview: Week of 29 October 2018

  • Worldwide IHS Markit PMI manufacturing surveys
  • BOJ sets monetary policy, as do BoE and Brazil
  • Taiwan, Eurozone, France, Italy and Spain Q3 GDP
  • Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong CPI updates
  • Special focus on Japan's ageing population

The worldwide release of October manufacturing PMI surveys will be a highlight in the coming week, providing early signals of economic growth and inflation at the start of the fourth quarter. In Asia, the focus is on the Bank of Japan's policy meeting.

Other data highlights for Asia include Taiwanese GDP, plus South Korean inflation, trade, industrial production, retail sales and business confidence. Inflation figures for Thailand and Indonesia are also released.

Elsewhere, the Bank of England decides on interest rates, while US PCE prices, non-farm payrolls, jobless rate and earnings data will all warrant market attention alongside third quarter GDP numbers for the eurozone.

Our special focus this week looks at the economic consequences of Japan's ageing population.

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

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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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