Figures released yesterday showed that the U.K economy grew in line with expectations in the second quarter, underlining optimism over the health of the economy and supporting the case for higher interest rates. GDP expanded at a rate of 0.7% since the end of June which met with forecasts.
The UK economy grew by 0.4% in the first quarter of the year. We also saw the U.K.’s current account deficit narrow more than expected in the second quarter of the year. The current account recorded a seasonally adjusted deficit of £16.8 billion in the three months since June, narrowing from a deficit of £24.0 billion in the three months before.
Economists at credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s have warned that slowing growth in China would have strong knock-on effects for the Euro zone and some of Europe’s largest economies.
S&P ran a simulation to assess the effects of China’s real growth slowing to 4.4. per cent next year and 3.9 per cent in 2017, instead of 6.3 per cent and 6.1 per cent, respectively, as previously predicted. They found that Eurozone real GDP would be 0.8 per cent lower than their current forecast by the end of 2017. Germany and the Netherlands would be hit even harder, with their real GDPs downgraded by 0.9 per cent and 1.5 per cent, according to S&P
The Eurozone slipped back into deflation yesterday, as the European Union’s statistics office, Eurostat, reported that prices in the single currency area had fallen year-on-year in September for the first time in six months.
Eurostat estimated that consumer prices in the 19 countries sharing the euro fell 0.1 per cent last month compared to the same month the previous year, after a 0.1 per cent rise in August. The main factor behind the easing was a sharp annual drop in energy prices, which fell 8.9 per cent after a 7.2 per cent fall in August.
U.S. non-farm employment rose by 200,000 this month, beating forecasts at 194,000 and hinting jobs growth may be sufficient for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year. The US Chicago purchasing managers’ index fell by 5.7 points to 48.7 this month from a previous reading of 54.4 in August. The index was expected to fall 1.4 points to 53.0 in September.
EUR: 9:00 – Markit Manufacturing PMI (Sep) Expected to stay the same at 52
GBP:9:30 – Markit Manufacturing PMI (Sep) Expected to fall to 51.3 until 51.5
USD: 15:00 - ISM Manufacturing PMI (Sep) Expected to fall to 50.6 from 51.1
USD: 15:00 – Construction Spending (MoM) (Aug) Expected to fall to 0.5% from 0.