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Week Ahead Economic Preview: Week of 6 December 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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Inflation data from the US and China will take centre stage next week while central bank meetings will be in abundance across Canada, Australia and India. Over in Europe, UK October GDP data and the German ZEW survey will be due. China meanwhile also releases trade and credit growth data.

A flare-up of concerns over the COVID-19 Omicron variant come at a time of PMI data painting a picture of global manufacturing facing persistent supply shortages and price pressures. Adding to the market jitters over the new variant had been Fed chair Powell's hawkish comments, acknowledging that inflation should no longer be labelled 'transitory'. One certainly recalls the October CPI surprise, placing the attention on the upcoming November data where quicker inflation could further accelerate the Fed's tapering plans. As far as the IHS Markit US Manufacturing PMI revealed, price pressures have yet to abate, which could add to concerns about stickier inflation. On the other hand, China's PPI data could potentially see some inflation pressures ease in November, according to PMI data, in part due to lower coal prices.

Amid the growing attention paid towards the Omicron 'variant of concern', the German ZEW survey will be of interest. Comments from central bankers across Canada, Australia and India will also be watched keenly even as rates are expected to stay unchanged. As it is, both Canada and Australia reported the detection of Omicron and took backward steps, of varying degrees, towards border reopening.

PMI commentary: Chris Williamson, Jingyi Pan

APAC commentary: Rajiv Biswas

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