Investors holding out for higher GBPEUR levels breathed a sigh of relief as worse than expected data from the Eurozone caused the euro to have its biggest intraday drop since June.
The Eurozone’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at a record high of 12.2% in September. The number of people out of work rose by 60,000 to 19.45mln.
Inflation data in the Eurozone also disappointed markets as the rate only rose by 0.7% below the expected rise of 1.1%. While this is welcome news for Eurozone consumers as it helps their purchasing power, inflation is getting uncomfortably low for the ECB as it is now substantially below its target rate of 2.0%.
In Germany the Eurozone’s largest economy was hit by weak consumer data as German retail sales fell unexpectedly for a second month in September, down 0.4% on a monthly basis. Economists had expected a 0.4% rise. Consumer confidence in Germany also fell unexpectedly.
As a result of these poor figures some economists believe the ECB will cut its refinancing rate to 0.25% from 0.5% at its meeting in December,
UK consumers borrowed money at a rate not seen since the onset of the global financial crisis since April 2008.
The Bank of England said that unsecured lending to consumers rose by £864mln last month; The Bank incorrectly reported earlier in the week that it had risen by a much smaller £411mln
The jump meant that unsecured lending in the three months to September increased by 5.8% on an annual basis, the strongest growth.
As mentioned in our earlier reports this highlights the concern the UK is relying on a debt-fuelled recovery, in order to rebalance the economy in a sustainable manor spending needs to be directed towards investment manufacturing and exports.
There was some positive news for the US yesterday after all the negativity surrounding the debt ceiling and shutdown.
Chicago’s October purchasing manager's index jumped 10.2 points to 65.9. It was the biggest monthly increase in more than 30 years, and the highest level since March 2011.
Double digit gains in new orders, production and order backlogs all boosted the business.
The number of people filing for jobless claims also fell by 10,000 from the previous week supporting the US dollar further.
Data from China overnight showed that manufacturing climbed to an 18-month high of 51.4 in October, compared with 51.1 in September. Analysts are now thinking China could exceed its 7.5% growth target this year. The data is good news for China’s biggest trading partner, Australia, causing the dollar to gain by 0.5% in overnight trade.
UK manufacturing PMI is due this morning as well as manufacturing PMI from the US. Given yesterday’s impressive figures from the Chicago, we may see a higher than expected print coming in from the US.
9.28am – GBP – Markit Manufacturing PMI (Oct): Expected to expand to 56.1.
13.58pm – USD – Markit Manufacturing PMI (Oct): Previously at 52.8.
14.00pm – USD – ISM Manufacturing PMI (Oct): Expected to expand to 55.