The Mercury



THIS WEEK investors’ attention will be the release of inflation, retail sales, manufactur­ing production, new motor vehicle sales and housing price data of various developed economies. Russia, Japan and the EU will announce their GDP economic growth rate for Q1. France, Australia and the UK publish their unemployme­nt figures. Domestical­ly StatsSA will release the March retail sales data this Wednesday.


Wednesday, May 17: StatsSA will release the retail sales data for March.


Today: China: Industrial production – April; Greece: GDP economic growth – Q1; US: NAHB Housing market index – May.

Tomorrow: France: Inflation rate – April; UK: Inflation rate, PPI and Retail sales – April; Germany: Economic sentiment index – May; EU: GDP growth rate – Q2; EU: Balance of trade – March.

Wednesday, May 17: Australia: Consumer confidence index – May; UK: Unemployme­nt rate: March; EU: Inflation rate – April; Russia: GDP economic growth – Q1: US: Crude oil stocks – May/12.

Thursday, May 18: Japan: GDP economic growth – Q1; Australia: Unemployme­nt rate – April; France: Unemployme­nt rate – Q1; UK: Retail sales – April; US: Natural gas stocks – May/12-15; Russia: Industrial production – April.

Friday, May 19: Germany: PPI – April; EU: Current account – March; Canada: Inflation rate – April and Retail sales – March; EU: Consumer confidence index – May.

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