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  1. 16 Apr, 2014

    February retail sales growth subsides to 2.2% y/y, reflecting the weak nature of underlying consumer demand

    Retail sales growth corrected lower in February, to 2.2% y/y, from the statistically distorted 6.4% y/y in January (revised down from 6.8% y/y previously), below market expectations of 3.8% y/y. More
  2. 14 Apr, 2014

    The Week Ahead: Monday 14 April 2014

    In the wake of the various IMF/World Bank meetings in Washington, policymakers’ jawboning will remain a feature of the landscape next week. More
  3. 11 Apr, 2014

    GDP growth to surpass 3.0%, despite construction dip

    Construction output declined by 2.8% on the month in February, following an upward revised increase of 2.1% in January. More
  4. 10 Apr, 2014

    Production growth slows in February, highlighting underlying weak momentum in economic activity

    Relative to market expectations of a lift in manufacturing production growth, to 4.0% y/y in February, from 2.2% y/y (revised down from 2.5% y/y), the actual outcome of a slowdown to 1.4% y/y was disappointing. More
  5. 10 Apr, 2014

    Strike induced platinum output losses weigh on mining production – contraction of 4.8% y/y in February

    Mining production figures for February reflect the effects of the strike action at platinum producers, Anglo American, Impala Platinum and Lonmin. Growth in mining production contracted by 4.8% y/y in February, following a rise of 3.7% y/y in January. More
  6. 10 Apr, 2014

    MPC reaction - On an even keel, despite firmer growth

    The MPC once again maintained its prevailing policy stance at April’s meeting, leaving the Bank rate at 0.5% and the asset purchase target at £375bn. More
  7. 08 Apr, 2014

    Gross reserves decline in March, principally on revaluation and transactional adjustments

    Foreign exchange reserves decreased in March, to US$41.49bn compared to US$42.04bn in February, principally owing to revaluation adjustments. Specifically, the US$ strengthened moderately against the British Pound and the Euro. More
  8. 07 Apr, 2014

    Manufacturing and mining production growth to be affected by transitory factors, underlying activity subdued

    Key data releases in the week ahead   SA: Manufacturing Production, Mining Production, International Reserves US: PPI, Jobless Claims, NFIB Small Business Survey, FOMC Minutes Euro zone: ECB Monthly Bulletin More
  9. 07 Apr, 2014

    The Week Ahead: Monday 7 April 2014

    There will be a significant focus on Washington over much of next week as senior global policymakers assemble there for the IMF and World Bank spring meetings. More
  10. 04 Apr, 2014

    MPC preview: A shorter, narrow debate

    Perhaps the most telling point about April’s MPC meeting is that it has been condensed to one day, on Wednesday 9th, to enable several MPC members to participate in the IMF related meetings in Washington towards the end of the week. More