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US homebuilder confidence flat in August

US homebuilder confidence flat in August

US homebuilder confidence remained unchanged in August, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo sentiment index. The index showed a reading of 15 in August, unchanged from July’s reading, suggesting the US housing market remains subdued. However, the reading was in line with forecasts. The index, which first commenced more than 25 [...]

August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments More
China manufacturing growth slows further

China manufacturing growth slows further

Manufacturing activity in China eased further last month, two separate surveys have revealed today. Firstly, the official China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) said its purchasing managers index (PMI) fell to 50.7 last month from June’s reading of 50.9. Secondly, the HSBC China Manufacturing PMI also suggested activity is slowing with the index falling [...]

August 1, 2011 | 0 Comments More
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 | 0 Comments More
Nationwide: House prices edge 0.2% higher in July

Nationwide: House prices edge 0.2% higher in July

The latest house price index from the Nationwide Building Society has revealed house prices crept up by 0.2% in July. On an annual basis, house prices are now just 0.4% lower than this time last year with the average UK home costing £168,731. The housing market remains subdued as a lack of buyers, together with [...]

July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Nationwide: UK consumer confidence down in June

Nationwide: UK consumer confidence down in June

The latest survey from the Nationwide Building Society has revealed a fall in UK consumer confidence for the month of June. The building society’s consumer confidence index lost 4 points to 51 last month, which reverses some of the 11 point rise seen in May, which represented one of the largest gains on record. The [...]

July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Japan CPI rises for second consecutive month

Japan CPI rises for second consecutive month

The Statistics Bureau has today revealed Japan’s core consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.6% in May on an annual basis – the second consecutive monthly rise due to higher commodity prices. The rise was higher than forecasts of a 0.5% gain and comes after the 0.6% rise in April – which represented the first [...]

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BoJ Tankan survey reveals fall in business sentiment

BoJ Tankan survey reveals fall in business sentiment

The Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) closely watched quarterly Tankan survey has revealed business confidence has plunged after March’s earthquake and tsunami. The index turned negative for the first time in more than 12 months with companies gloomy about the future. The key index fell to a reading of -9 from a positive reading of 6 [...]

July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Euro zone economic confidence index falls in June

Euro zone economic confidence index falls in June

Greece’s debt crisis continues to knock confidence after an index by the European Commission revealed sentiment fell to 105.1 in June from 105.5 in May – the lowest reading since October 2010. The fall has been attributed to the problems in Greece as EU leaders put together a second bailout package for the crisis-torn economy. [...]

June 29, 2011 | 0 Comments More
German business confidence in surprise rise in June

German business confidence in surprise rise in June

The Munich-based Ifo think tank has revealed confidence among German firms unexpectedly rose in June. The closely-watched Business Climate Index grew to 114.5 in June from May’s reading of 114.2, confounding analysts’ expectations of a fall to 113.4. The index is now close to a record high of 115.4 recorded earlier this year. However, a [...]

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US house prices on “downward spiral”

US house prices on “downward spiral”

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas fell in March – the ninth consecutive monthly decline. According to the closely watched report, house prices were 0.2% lower in March on a monthly basis – albeit in line with forecasts. The index fell to 138.16, dipping below the 139.26 seen in April 2009 [...]

May 31, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Japan consumer confidence slumps further in April

Japan consumer confidence slumps further in April

The Cabinet Office has today revealed Japanese consumers continue to be pessimistic following the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit the north east on 11 March. The consumer confidence index dived from 38.6 in March to 33.1 last month – much worse than the 36.7 expected by analysts. Meanwhile, all the four sub-components of households’ [...]

May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments More
US homebuilder confidence up in March

US homebuilder confidence up in March

US homebuilder confidence grew in March, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo sentiment index. The index showed a reading of 17 in March from February’s 16 - in line with forecasts, according to the Washington-based group. The reading was the highest since May 2010 and suggests the housing market is stabilising [...]

March 15, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Job market growth sees improvement in February

Job market growth sees improvement in February

A report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG has revealed employment for both temporary and permanent workers rose during February. The survey of 400 recruitment consultancies showed permanent staff vacancies rising at their fastest level in 10 months, while demand for temporary staff saw its biggest rise since May 2007. The permanent [...]

March 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More
German business confidence at all time high

German business confidence at all time high

The Munich-based Ifo think tank has announced confidence among German firms rose in February to another record high. The closely-watched Business Climate Index climbed to 111.2 in February, up from 110.3 in January - the ninth consecutive monthly increase and the highest reading for the former West Germany since 1969. The results confounded analysts expectations [...]

February 22, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Japanese consumer confidence up in January

Japanese consumer confidence up in January

Japanese consumer confidence grew for the first time in seven months in January, the Cabinet Office said today. The closely-watched consumer sentiment index climbed to 41.1 in January, from 40.1 in December. The figures suggest consumers are now more optimistic about the economic prospects after all four sub-indices of the sentiment index saw an improvement [...]

February 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More
US manufacturing output beats expectations in January

US manufacturing output beats expectations in January

The latest survey from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) has revealed a rise in US factory output. According to the ISM, the manufacturing activity index rose to 60.8 in January, from December’s 58.5. The reading, which was the highest since May 2004, was better than analysts expected and drove US stocks up to a [...]

February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK consumer confidence hit by VAT hike

UK consumer confidence hit by VAT hike

A survey conducted between December and January revealed a sharp fall in consumer confidence. According to the survey of consumer attitudes, carried out by GfK NOP Social Research, confidence plunged by 8 points to -29, the biggest fall since the last recession in 1992. The research company highlights that the figure was the lowest since [...]

January 28, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK consumer confidence bounces back

UK consumer confidence bounces back

The latest survey from the Nationwide Building Society has revealed an improvement in UK consumer confidence for the month of December after three months of falls. The building society’s consumer confidence index rose to 53 in December, up from 45 in November - which represented the lowest reading since March 2009 - when the economy [...]

January 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Consumer confidence remains at low level

Consumer confidence remains at low level

A survey showed today consumer confidence remains at low levels with the GfK NOP December consumer confidence index unchanged at -21. While it was marginally better than the -22 expected by analysts, it is two points lower than this time last year. Meanwhile, the survey’s “climate for major purchases” index surged ahead by 10 points, [...]

December 21, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Statistician recommends single house price index

Statistician recommends single house price index

National Statistician Jil Matheson is recommending a single headline measure of house prices be introduced. Ms Matheson, the Government’s chief adviser on official statistics, conducted a review into official housing data following concerns from people who monitor house prices from various indices. Currently, there are two official house price indexes, one published by the Land [...]

December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments More