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Financial News: Japan Data On Tap For Friday

Japan Data On Tap For Friday

09/27/2018 - 18:00:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - Japan is scheduled to release a batch of data on Friday, headlining a busy day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. On tap are August numbers for unemployment, retail trade, industrial production, construction orders and housing starts - as well as September data for Tokyo area CPI.

The jobless rate is expected to hold steady at 2.5 percent, with the job-to-applicant ratio also called unchanged at 1.63. Retail trade is tipped to add 0.5 percent on month and 2.1 percent on year after gaining 0.1 percent on month and 1.5 percent on year in July. Sales from large retailers are expected to rise 0.5 percent on year after sliding 1.6 percent a month earlier.

Industrial production is tipped to rise 1.5 percent both on month and on year after easing 0.1 percent on month and adding 2.2 percent on year in July. Housing starts are forecast to have added 0.3 percent on year after sinking 0.7 percent in the previous month.

Overall Tokyo inflation is expected to climb 1.1 percent on year, slowing from 1.2 percent in August. Core CPI is called steady at 0.9 percent.

New Zealand will see August figures for building permits and September results for the consumer confidence index from ANZ. Building permits were down 10.3 percent o month in July, while the consumer confidence index eased 0.7 percent on month in August to a reading of 117.6.

China will see September results for the manufacturing PMI from Caixin, with forecasts suggesting a score of 50.5 - down from 50.6 in August.

Australia will release August numbers for private sector credit, with forecasts calling for an increase of 0.4 percent on month and 4.3 percent on year. That follows the 0.4 percent monthly increase and the 4.4 percent yearly gain in July.

Singapore will provide August figures for producer prices; in July, prices were up 1.7 percent on month and 10.9 percent on year.

Thailand will release August data for imports, exports and trade balance. In July, imports were worth $19.44 billion and exports were at $20.30 billion for a trade surplus of $0.86 billion.

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