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Euro zone retail sales go up firmly in November
In November, euro zone sales managed to inch up more than anticipated for a second month in a row because customers purchased more clothes as well as electrical goods. That’s what follows from official data uncovered on Monday. Undoubtedly, it’s an upbeat sign for the EU’s surge in the last quarter.
Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, revealed that retail sales in the trading bloc tacked on by 0.6% month-on-month, which is much more than the 0.1% leap estimate by market experts surveyed by Reuters.
Retail trade soared by 1.1% on the year.
In addition to this, Eurostat also updated October data upwards to a 0.6% month-on-month leap from a previous 0.3% outcome and also to a 2.3% jump year-on-year versus a previous 1.7% ascend.
The better-than anticipated figures, although extremely volatile and prone to frequent revisions, appear to be upbeat news for the euro zone economy and could indicate stronger surge for the last quarter of the year.
In the third quarter, the EU’s economy managed to ascend by just 0.2% percent, speeding down from a 0.4% GDP leap in the second quarter. By the way, before retail figures were published, the downbeat mood among euro zone purchasing managers in December uncovered on Friday had pushed some financial analysts to forecast that surge in the last quarter of 2019 would be slow too.
November retail trade was powered generally by customers’ appetite for footwear and clothes, whose sales headed north in volume by about 2.7% on the month. Additinally, purchases of electrical goods, including TVs, surged by 1.5% month-on-month.
The higher retail trade figures were also provoked by more intense sales of medicines that leapt by 1.3% on the month. Besides this, sales of auto fuel as well as online goods went up too.
The Eurozone will publish the Indicator of GfK Consumer Confidence on November 25, at 09:00 GMT+2.
The last week was so eventful for traders: FOMC Meeting, Bank of England’s rate decision, the OPEC+ meeting, and also NFP. This week is going to be interesting as well! Let’s see what you should focus on.
Main news that will drive the market in the upcoming week include CB Consumer Confidence Index, Canadian GDP, and US Core PCE Price Index
The Federal Reserve (Fed) will announce its Interest Rate Decision and make a statement about the future monetary policy on Wednesday, September 21, GMT+3. After the higher-than-expected inflation numbers published on September 13, there’s almost no doubt the Federal Reserve will come up with another 75-basis-point rate hike. However, surprised by the CPI numbers, several Fed members announced the possibility of a 100-basis-point rate hike on Wednesday.
Every week we expect many interesting events that can shake the market.