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Week Ahead Economic Preview: Week of 15 June 2020

The following is an extract from IHS Markit's latest Week Ahead Economic Preview. For the full report (including Special Reports) please click on the 'Download Full Report' link.

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  • Industrial production and retail sales updates for the US and China
  • Central bank meetings in the UK, Japan, Brazil and Russia

Key releases in the coming week include industrial production and retail sales for the US and China, helping to gauge manufacturing and consumer trends as the world's two largest economies eased lockdowns. Jobs data are meanwhile issued in the US, China and the UK, while inflation numbers are updated in the Eurozone, Japan and UK.

It's also a busy week for central banks, with markets looking for views from policymakers on expected recovery speeds and whether any new tools might be deployed to help ease downturns. Policy decisions are due in the UK, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia and Taiwan. Minutes from prior meetings are meanwhile published in Japan and Australia.

Industrial production and retail sales data for the US are updated for May, and will be eagerly awaited for confirmation that the worst of the economic downturn from the pandemic has passed. IHS Markit PMI surveys, which fell into contraction back in February, look to have bottomed out in April, rising in both manufacturing and services in May. Other US data releases include the current account, housing starts, business inventories, surveys from the Empire State and Philly Fed, plus weekly jobless claims.

In Asia, the focus is on China with production and retail sales data eagerly awaited to assess the extent to which economic activity may be recovering after the relatively early relaxation of virus restrictions. Surveys show domestic demand driving the rebound in China, with trade dragging. Fresh trade data from Japan, Singapore and Taiwan will therefore also draw scrutiny to help gauge global trade. Two sets of monetary policy meeting minutes will be released: while Japan's central bank offered new support for smaller firms, the RBA turned the focus to fiscal stimulus.

In Europe, markets will be expecting the Bank of England to announce more asset purchases and will seek clues as to policymakers' appetite for negative interest rates. The Monetary Policy Committee meeting is preceded by updates to inflation and labour market data, and followed by retail sales numbers. A relatively quiet week for Eurozone economics sees the release of final inflation, construction and trade data.

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PMI commentary: Chris Williamson

Europe commentary: Ken Wattret

APAC commentary: Rajiv Biswas and Bernard Aw

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