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Japan Data On Tap For Friday

09/28/2017 - 18:01:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - Japan is scheduled to release a batch of data on Friday, setting the pace for a busy day in Asia-Pacific economic activity.

On tap are August figures for unemployment, household spending, inflation, retail sales, industrial production, housing starts and construction orders.

The jobless rate is expected to hold steady at 2.8 percent, with the job-to-applicant ratio inching up to 1.53 from 1.52 in July. Household spending is tipped to rise 0.9 percent on year after easing 0.2 percent in the previous month.

Overall national inflation is expected to add 0.6 percent on year after rising 0.4 percent in July, while core CPI is tipped to climb to 0.7 percent from 0.5 percent.

Retail sales are called lower by 0.8 percent on month and higher by 2.4 percent on year after advancing 1.1 percent on month and 1.9 percent on year in July.

Industrial production is called higher by 1.8 percent on month and 5.2 percent on year after slipping 0.8 percent on month and rising 4.7 percent on year in the previous month.

Housing starts are forecast to have added 0.6 percent on year after sliding 2.3 percent a month earlier. Construction orders surged an annual 14.9 percent in July.

China will see September results for the manufacturing PMI from Caixin, with forecasts suggesting a score of 51.5 - down marginally from 51.6.

Australia will release August numbers for private sector credit, with analysts looking for an increase of 0.5 percent on month and 5.5 percent on year. That was unchanged on month and up from 5.3 percent on year in July.

New Zealand will see August numbers for building permits; in July, permits were down 0.7 percent on month.

Singapore will release August figures for producer prices; in July, prices were down 1.1 percent on month and up 3.9 percent on year.

Malaysia will provide August figures for producer prices; in July, prices were down 0.3 percent on month and up 7.1 percent on year.

Thailand will see August figures for import, exports and trade balance. In July, imports were worth $17.40 billion and exports were at $18.74 billion for a trade surplus of $1.34 billion.

South Korea will release August data for industrial production, current account and retail sales. Industrial production is expected to add 0.5 percent on month and 2.2 percent on year after rising 1.2 percent on month and 2.2 percent on year in July.

The current account surplus in July was $7.26 billion, while retail sales were up 0.2 percent on month and 3.5 percent on year.

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