Tag: recovery

Japan’s industrial output increases in August

Japan’s industrial output increases in August

Japan’s industrial output recovered further last month after a record drop in March due to the earthquake and tsunami. Disruptions caused by the twin disasters resulted in carmakers being forced to halt production as a result of parts shortages. However, it looks as if the situation continues to improve after output rose by 0.8% last […]

September 30, 2011 More
Japan’s exports recover in August

Japan’s exports recover in August

Official figures today revealed Japan’s exports rose in August for the first time in six months – suggesting the world’s third largest economy is continuing its recovery from the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck in March. According to the Ministry of Finance, exports were 2.8% higher last month on an annual basis but this […]

September 21, 2011 More
Japanese economy continues to struggle

Japanese economy continues to struggle

The Cabinet Office has today revealed the world’s third largest economy performed worse than originally thought in the April to June period. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 2.1% on an annual basis in the three-month period, compared with an initial estimate of 1.3%. The fall was attributed to a cut back on spending by […]

September 9, 2011 More
UK interest rates remain on hold

UK interest rates remain on hold

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has today elected to keep UK interest rates on hold at the historically low level of 0.5%, as widely expected. Interest rates have now been at this low level since March 2009 – when the economy was in the midst of recession. Recent figures show the economy […]

September 8, 2011 More
NIESR: UK economic recovery to remain sluggish

NIESR: UK economic recovery to remain sluggish

Recovery of the UK economy is to remain sluggish, with GDP slowing to 0.2% in the June to August period, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) predicts. This compares with a 0.6% rate in the three months to July. The influential think tank believes if the weakness continues, the Bank of England […]

UK interest rates expected to remain on hold

UK interest rates expected to remain on hold

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) commenced its two-day rate-setting meeting yesterday and interest rates are expected to remain on hold at the record low of 0.5% – where they have been since March 2009. The bank is presented with a dilemma as it comes under pressure to raise interest rates to combat […]

UK service sector activity suffers sharp drop in August

UK service sector activity suffers sharp drop in August

Growth in the UK’s closely-watched service sector slowed in August, figures have revealed today. The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)/Markit purchasing managers’ index (PMI) slowed at the fastest pace in over a decade to 51.1 in August from July’s reading of 55.4. The fall represented the second largest on record and was much […]

September 5, 2011 More
UK construction growth slows further in August

UK construction growth slows further in August

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)/Markit purchasing managers’ index (PMI) has today revealed growth in the UK construction industry weakened in August. The PMI dipped to 52.6 in August from July’s reading of 53.5 – however, the figure was in line with expectations. Furthermore, the index remains above the crucial 50 mark, which […]

September 2, 2011 More
UK manufacturing activity hits 26-month low

UK manufacturing activity hits 26-month low

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) has today revealed UK manufacturing activity contracted at the fastest pace in more than two years in August. The closely-watched CIPS/Markit manufacturing PMI fell to 49.0 last month from an upwardly revised 49.4 in July. The latest figure means the index remains […]

September 1, 2011 More
Japanese exports fall more than expected

Japanese exports fall more than expected

Official figures today revealed Japan’s exports fell more than expected last month resulting in the country’s second consecutive month of trade surplus. According to the Ministry of Finance, exports were 3.3% lower on an annual basis in July – the fifth consecutive monthly fall – and lower than forecasts of a 2.4% fall. The figures […]

August 18, 2011 More
All nine policymakers vote for rate freeze

All nine policymakers vote for rate freeze

Minutes of the Bank of England’s August 3-4 meeting have been released today and have revealed all nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to keep interest rates at the historic low of 0.5%. For several months, Martin Weale and Spencer Dale have been lone voices on the Committee by voting to hike […]

August 17, 2011 More
Japanese economy performs better in Q2

Japanese economy performs better in Q2

Japan’s economy performed better than in expected in the second quarter, suggesting the country is slowly recovering after the earthquake and tsunami, which struck in March. According to the Cabinet Office, the economy contracted by 0.3% in the April to June period – less than the 0.7% expected by analysts. On an annual basis, meanwhile, […]

August 15, 2011 More
Chancellor warns of tough and long recovery ahead

Chancellor warns of tough and long recovery ahead

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Chancellor George Osborne has warned that the UK can expect a long and tough recovery. His speech came as he defended the Government’s tough spending cuts, which many have been critical about – even suggesting they could push the UK back into recession. However, the Chancellor believes that […]

August 11, 2011 More
UK trade deficit widens in June

UK trade deficit widens in June

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed the UK trade gap widened to £8.8 billion in June – the biggest deficit since December 2010 and higher than expectations of £8.1 billion. The figures come on the same day the ONS revealed UK factory output fell by 0.4% in June after rising by 1.8% […]

August 9, 2011 More
US consumer spending down in June

US consumer spending down in June

The Commerce Department has today reported an unexpected fall in consumer spending in the US for the month of June. Spending fell 0.2% on the month – the first fall in almost two years – suggesting the economic recovery is losing momentum. Furthermore, the figures confounded analysts’ expectations for a 0.1% increase. Consumer spending is […]

August 2, 2011 More
IMF provides assessment for UK economy

IMF provides assessment for UK economy

In its latest assessment of the UK economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said growth will be around 1.5% this year. The Washington-based Fund warned that stubbornly high inflation continues to be a threat to the economy and is forecasting inflation to remain well above the 4% mark in 2011 before falling to 2% […]

UK manufacturing activity contracts in July

UK manufacturing activity contracts in July

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) has today revealed UK manufacturing contracted in July – the first time since the UK was in recession two years ago. The closely-watched CIPS/Markit manufacturing PMI fell to 49.1 last month from a revised 51.4 in June. The index is now below […]

August 1, 2011 More
Japan’s economy continues recovery from earthquake and tsunami

Japan’s economy continues recovery from earthquake and tsunami

July 29, 2011 More
Bank minutes suggest low rates for some time to come

Bank minutes suggest low rates for some time to come

Minutes of the Bank of England’s July 6-7 meeting have been released today and have revealed the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) again voted 7-2 to lift interest rates and 8-1 to restart the Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) scheme. Adam Posen, again, called for an injection of £50 billion via the QE scheme to boost the […]

July 20, 2011 More
US unemployment rate edges up to 9.2%

US unemployment rate edges up to 9.2%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has today revealed the unemployment rate in the US rose in June to 9.2% from 9.1% in May. According to the Bureau, the number of new jobs created in the world’s largest economy last month represented the lowest in 9 months. The economy created just 18,000 jobs in June – […]

July 8, 2011 More