The releases of employment change and the unemployment rate for Australia are expected on February 21, at 2:30 MT time.
Germany negotiates wages ascend more strongly in the first quarter
In Germany, negotiated wages inched up by 2.8% on average during the first quarter compared with the same period the previous year, as data disclosed on Tuesday, spurring hopes that household spending will probably remain a major driver of surge in the EU’s major economy.
As reported by the Statistics Office, negotiated wages include collectively agreed basic pay and also one-off payments, back payments from wage deals and annual bonuses.
The 2.8% leap in the first quarter appeared to be above the long-term average of 2.5% for the last 20 quarters and it also marked an acceleration in wage surge from a 2.2% soar in the final quarter of the previous year, as the office informed.
Negotiated wages tacked on more steeply than consumer prices that soared by 1.9% during the same period, as the data revealed, suggesting that consumers have more money to spend notwithstanding growing inflation.
The release of the Federal open market committee (FOMC) meeting minutes is scheduled on February 20, at 21.00 MT time.
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