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Week Ahead Economic Preview: Week of 15 November 2021

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

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The coming week will bring important insights into economic trends in the US and China at the start of the fourth quarter, most notably via industrial production and retail sales updates for October. Concerns are centred on the extent to which supply chain issues are limiting US output and whether ongoing COVID-19 related disruptions are again affecting China's factories. Similarly, while some alleviation of Delta wave infections will have likely helped support US consumer spending, tightened restrictions due to its "zero Covid" policy may have hurt China's high streets. However, while factory PMI data deteriorated for both the US and China in October, the more consumer-focused service sector PMIs rose.

The focus in Europe will be on the UK as the Bank of England ponders whether to start hiking interest rates. Inflation data look set to show the further acceleration of price pressures, but more uncertain will be the impact of these higher prices on consumer spending, via updated retail sales numbers, and whether wage pressures are rising. Some insight into the latter will be provided by the official labour market report, which will have a particular importance given the Bank of England's stated focus on how the job market is holding up as the country's furlough scheme unwinds.

Also watch out for updated third quarter eurozone GDP numbers, the flash release for which showed a surprisingly strong 2.2% gain, as well as a first release of Japan's GDP, which looks to have fallen in the three months to September, albeit with recent survey data hinting at renewed strength in October.

PMI commentary: Chris Williamson, Jingyi Pan

APAC commentary: Rajiv Biswas

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