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Global Economic Update

11:20, 23 มีนาคม

Global Economic Update

  • The Bank of England (BoE), at its March monetary policy meeting, kept the benchmark interest rate steady at 0.50% and its asset .purchase facility at £435.0 billion, with two officials surprisingly .voting for an immediate rate hike. Meanwhile, the retail sales ex-fuel rose 0.60% on a MoM basis in February, more than market .expectations and compared to a revised drop of 0.20% in the .previous month.
  • In the Eurozone, the composite PMI dropped to a level of 55.30 in March, compared to a reading of 57.10 in the prior month. The .flash manufacturing PMI slid to a level of 56.60 in March, compared to a reading of 58.60 in the previous month. 
  • In Germany, the Ifo business expectations index slid to a level of 104.40 in March, compared to a level of 105.40 in the last .month. The preliminary manufacturing PMI fell more-than-expected to a level of 58.40 in March, compared to a reading of 60.60 in the prior month. The preliminary services PMI dropped to a reading of 54.20 in March, compared to a level of 55.30 in February. The flash Markit composite PMI slid to a level of 55.40 in March, more than market expectations and compared to a reading of 57.60 in the last month.
  • In the US, the flash Markit composite PMI eased to 54.30 in March, compared to a reading of 55.80 in February. The flash Markit manufacturing PMI climbed more-than-expected to a level .of 55.70 in March, compared to a level of 55.30 in the previous .month. The flash Markit services PMI unexpectedly eased to a level of 54.10 in March, compared to a reading of 55.90 in the .last month. The seasonally adjusted initial jobless claims advanced unexpectedly to a level of 229.00 K in the week ended 17 March 2018, compared to a reading of 226.00 K in the prior .week.
  • In Japan, the national consumer price index rose 1.50% on a YoY basis in February, compared to a rise of 1.40% in the previous month