Next Week

April 14, 2012

Central bank interest rate policy meetings are scheduled next week in Canada, Sweden, Brazil, Turkey and the Philippines.  Published minutes of meetings earlier this month are due from the Bank of England and Reserve Bank of AustraliaNew IMF macroeconomic forecasts and its World Economic Outlook arrive.  There will be a gathering of G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs in Washington on Friday, and the initial round of French presidential elections is set for Sunday, April 22.

The United States is reporting retail sales, industrial production, capacity usage, existing home sales, the National Association of Home Builders index, housing starts and permits, the Empire State and Philly Fed manufacturing indices, the index of leading economic indicators, business inventories, the Treasury Department data on international capital flows, and weekly figures on jobless insurance claims, chain store sales, energy inventories, consumer confidence, and mortgage applications.

Economic reports from the euro area will include the current account, trade balance, consumer price index, construction output, consumer confidence, and ZEW survey of investor sentiment.  Also on the calendar for next week are the German IFO Institute index of business climate and producer prices, Italy’s current account, trade deficit, and industrial orders, Belgian and Dutch consumer confidence, the French index of leading economic indicators, the Greek current account, Belgium’s trade balance, and Portuguese producer prices.

British retail sales, consumer prices, and labor statistics arrive.  So do the Rightmove and DCLG housing market measures.  Swiss consumer prices and consumer confidence, Iceland’s CPI, Denmark’s PPI, and Norwegian trade data are due, too.  Poland and the Czech Republic release PPI data.

From Australia, investors will learn the latest figures for auto sales, export and import prices, quarterly business sentiment, and index of leading economic indicators.  Quarterly CPI numbers and monthly food prices are due in New ZealandTurkish unemployment and consumer confidence and South African consumer prices, wholesale prices and retail sales are also scheduled.

Japan releases industrial production, capacity usage, customs trade, and the tertiary index.  Some other Asian releases next week include Chinese foreign direct investment, Indian wholesale prices, Singapore trade numbers, the Malaysian CPI, and Hong Kong unemployment.

Up in Canada, consumer prices, auto sales, the index of leading economic indicators, the monthly manufacturers’ survey, and net securities flows with non-residents are scheduled for release.  Besides a scheduled interest rate policy announcement on Tuesday, the Bank of Canada publishes its quarterly Monetary Policy Report on Wednesday.  Mexico reports unemployment.

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