Summary: New Zealand quarterly retail sales rise 1.1%, above estimates of 0.4% Annual retail sales rise 3.1% Better than expected retail sales raises prospects of a stronger Q2 GDP growth The latest retail sales report from New Zealand covering the second quarter showed an upbeat outlook for the activity. Retail sales surged more t...

2018-08-29 John Benjamin Read more
us retails

U.S. consumers were seen boosting spending in July marking a robust start to consumer spending for the third quarter beginning. The data comes in the backdrop of the stronger labor market and high consumer confidence. Confidence remains high as the U.S. economy is seen surging ahead at a steady pace in the second quarter. The Federal Reserve ...

2018-08-22 John Benjamin Read more
bank of canada

While until recently, economists were hawkish on the Bank of Canada and preparing for a rate hike as early as July, the prospects of a rate hike are starting to diminish if recent data is anything to go by. Last week, data from Canada covered the retail sales and inflation reports. An unexpected dip in Canada's retail sales in April and a rat...

2018-06-29 John Benjamin Read more
US retail sales rebound

Retail sales in the United States posted a strong rebound in the month of March snapping a three month consecutive decline. Retail sales were boosted by a bigger than increase in motor vehicle sales and other big items. Despite the stronger than expected increase in retail sales, the overall report showed only a modest pace of growth. This wa...

2018-04-27 John Benjamin Read more
Final GDP releases

Economic data for the week ahead will slightly take a back seat with only a few central bank meetings lined up. The Swiss National Bank will be holding its quarterly monetary policy meeting this week. The 3-month LIBOR rate is expected to remain unchanged. Later, the Norges bank will be holding its monthly monetary policy meeting. Norges bank...

2018-03-23 John Benjamin Read more
USD Index_3005

After the US Jobs Report outcomes, which came in much better than expected, estimates were rising that the Federal Reserve will still be able to raise the Fed Fund Rate in September and probably in December. Such outcomes and the notable rise in the estimates of two more rate hikes this year has pushed the US Dollar higher at the beginning of l...

2017-08-14 Nour Eldeen Al-Hammoury Read more

The US Dollar Index tumbled last week, closing below 94.0 for the first time since August of the last year, which deepened the current bearish outlook. The main reason behind last week’s sharp decline came on the back of the news from the US Congress. Two of the major members of the Republican party noted that they would not back the new health...

2017-07-26 Nour Eldeen Al-Hammoury Read more
China

For the past few years, if you were following the business news bulletins anywhere in the world, you should have noticed that many were warning of the situation in China. The headline is almost the same everywhere “China’s slowing down”. In many occasions, many were blaming China, demanding for broader reforms. However, maybe they forgot somet...

2017-07-17 Nour Eldeen Al-Hammoury Read more
Janet Yellen

After weeks and months of denying that the economic slowing down is transitory, we get more and more signs that the US economy is indeed slowing down, which in return would hold off the Fed from raising rates this year. Today, almost the entire core economic releases showed a shocking readings, including Retail Sales, Core Retail Sales, CPI and...

2017-07-14 Nour Eldeen Al-Hammoury Read more
Federal Reserve_Orbex

In the next few hours, we are expecting US economic figures to be released. This data is set to have a notable but limited impact on the markets, ahead of the Federal Reserve decision later tonight. During the US session ahead, we will be watching five economic figures, including CPI, Core CPI, Retail Sales, Core Retail Sales in addition to the...

2018-02-14 Nour Eldeen Al-Hammoury Read more