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THE PHILIPPINES’ overall agricultural output likely saw an improvement in the second quarter due to favorable weather conditions and low base effects. “I would think there was some improvement this year due to better (sunnier) weather in the second quarter,” Raul Q. Montemayor, national manager of Federation of Free Farmers, said in a Facebook Messenger […]
Yesterday, China reported an annual CPI of -0.3%, which was actually higher than the -0.4% expected. An important portion of that could be down to base effects, because the monthly rate grew once again at 0.2%. But the fact that the world's second largest economy is seeing deflation right after reporting a significant slowdown in trade can be a problem for the global economy.
After a roughly in-line inflation report, Wall Street remained optimistic that the Fed won’t need to raise rates in September. Headline inflation rose but that was mainly due to the large drop we saw last month from the base effects. Traders focused on the monthly readings and both headline and core saw gains held steady at 0.2%. Markets are growing confident that the Fed is done raising rates as risk appetite remains intact as stocks rally and the dollar drops. It doesn’t seem likely that we will see a reacceleration with prices given the weakening labor market and as lending takes a hit. The so-called super core services inflation gauge posted a 0.19% rise from a flat reading in June, but still well below last year’s half-percentage point pace.
The factory output growth measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) stood at 12.6 per cent in June 2022 on account of a lower base effect.
The offshore yuan is becoming a trade that more people are starting to pay attention to on Wall Street. The outlook for China is turning rather bleak and that has made the yuan short an easy trade for some traders. China was expected to hit 5% growth this year and that still could happen even with the property sector weighing on sentiment as the base effects will help the data. The concern for many traders is that it seems like China might not be able to grow above that 5% level in the next year and that could have severe ramifications for global growth expectations.
INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING slumped by 16.4% in June, reflecting the high base effect and a significantly higher number of outstanding checks by some departments, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said. Data from the DBM showed infrastructure and other capital outlays fell by P23.5 billion to P119.4 billion in June, from P142.9 billion in the […]
This morning’s UK labour market report had the potential to sway markets in one direction or the other in the long run-up to next Thursday’s Bank of England policy meeting. Only … it didn’t. Employment growth in the three months through July fell by 207k, more than the -195k expected. A preliminary gauge for August (-1k) missed the bar (+30k) as well. The unemployment rate meanwhile ticked up to 4.3%, a historically low level still but nonetheless the highest since 2021. Wage growth, however, hit a record high - barring a surge driven by base effects in 2021 - since data collection began early 2001.
PHILIPPINE gross domestic product (GDP) growth is likely to fall slightly below the government’s target this year, the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) said. “The Philippines’ economic growth is projected to moderate to 5.9% in 2023 due to high base effects and weaker external demand, before edging up to 6.5% in 2024 as external demand […]