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Friday, 15 December 2017 07:26 WIB

Confidence among Japan's big manufacturers has improved to the highest level in a decade as the global economy continues to underpin exports and corporate profits. Sentiment among large manufacturers rose to 25 from 22 three months ago (forecast 24), the highest level since 2006, according to the quarterly Tankan survey released by the Bank of Japan on Friday. The outlook among large manufacturers was unchanged at 19 (forecast 22). Large companies across all industries say they plan to raise fixedinvestment by 7.4 percent in the year through March 2018...

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Jobless claims fall 11,000 to ultra-low 225,000
Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:14 WIB | Klaim pengangguran AS Ekonomi AS US Jobless Claims U.S.Jobs Claim

Initial U.S. jobless claims, a tool to measure layoffs, fell by 11,000 to 225,000 in the seven days ended Dec 9. That's just a few shades above the postrecession low. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast claims to total 235,000. The more stable monthly average of claims slipped by 6,750 to 234,750, the government said Thursday The number of people already collecting unemployment benefits, known as continuing claims, dropped by 27,000 to 1.89 million. The latest drop in claims puts them back near the lowest level since the early 1970s. The biggest declines took place in New...

U.S. Retail Sales Jumped in November in Broad-Based Advance
Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:52 WIB | Retail Sales Ekonomi AS

U.S. retail sales rose more than forecast last month in a broad sign of strength as the holiday shopping season got under way, according to Commerce Department figures released Thursday. Overall sales climbed 0.8% (est. 0.3% gain) after a 0.5% increase in prior month that was revised higher. Sales minus motor-vehicle dealers increased 1% after an upwardly revised 0.4% gain. So-called retail-control group sales, which are used to calculate GDP and exclude food services, auto dealers, building materials stores and gasoline stations, also rose 0.8% following a revised 0.4% rise. 11 of 13...

Eurozone business activity at its strongest since 2011: IHS Markit
Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:58 WIB | ECONOMIC Ekonomi Eropa

Business activity in the eurozone revved higher in December, led by strong factory output and an upturn in the service sector, data firm IHS Markit said Thursday. The preliminary, or flash, composite purchasing managers' index came in at 58.0, the highest since February 2011, and above FactSet's consensus estimate of 57.2. "The PMI is signalling an impressive 0.8% GDP increase in the fourth quarter," said Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, in a statement. The manufacturing PMI rose to a record of 60.6 in December. Overall, French business-activity growth outpaced...

U.K. Retailers Get Black Friday Boost as Sales Jump 1.1%
Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:40 WIB | ECONOMIC Inggris Ekonomi inggris UK Retail Sales

Black Friday gave British retailers a stronger-than-forecast boost last month as discounts spurred sales of electrical appliances and other household products.  The volume of goods sold in stores and online jumped 1.1 percent from October, the most in seven months, the Office for National Statistics said Thursday. Sales excluding auto fuel rose 1.2 percent. The increases far exceeded the median forecast of economists. Sales of household goods rose 2.9 percent and clothing sales climbed 1.4 percent. Non-store retailing, which includes online sales, saw a 2.6 percent increase. Food...

German Factories Work at Record Speed as Strong 2017 Concludes
Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:25 WIB | Ekonomi Jerman Jerman manufaktur

Germany is set to end the year with a further acceleration in economic growth, bolstered by an unprecedented expansion in manufacturing. A Purchasing Managers' Index of factory activity unexpectedly jumped to 63.3 in December from 62.5 in November, IHS Markit said on Thursday. Thats the highest level since the survey began in early 1996. A composite gauge that also includes services rose to 58.7 from 57.3, the strongest reading in more than six and a half years. With unemployment at a record low, solid global demand for its exports and continued support from expansionary European...

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Oil prices settled higher Friday, but tallied a loss for a third straight week, on the back of ongoing concerns over growth in U.S. crude production. "The driving force behind oil markets remains [the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting...

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ASIA
Confidence Among Japan's Manufacturers Rises to a Decade High
Friday, 15 December 2017 07:26 WIB

Confidence among Japan's big manufacturers has improved to the highest level in a decade as the global economy continues to underpin exports and corporate profits. Sentiment among large...

UNITED STATES
Jobless claims fall 11,000 to ultra-low 225,000
Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:14 WIB

Initial U.S. jobless claims, a tool to measure layoffs, fell by 11,000 to 225,000 in the seven days ended Dec 9. That's just a few shades above the postrecession low. Economists surveyed by...

EUROPE
Eurozone business activity at its strongest since 2011: IHS Markit
Thursday, 14 December 2017 18:58 WIB

Business activity in the eurozone revved higher in December, led by strong factory output and an upturn in the service sector, data firm IHS Markit said Thursday. The preliminary, or flash,...