LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s trade in goods deficit widened sharply in December on a surge in oil imports, making the trade gap for last year as a whole the biggest since 2010.
There were signs of a shift in the trade balance in the final quarter, when the goods deficit narrowed by the largest amount in three years as export volumes rose at their fastest since the second quarter of 2013.
U.S. Jan #NFP at 257k vs Reuters median of 234k. Average earnings at 0.5%, in line with highest f’casts in survey of 64 economists
U.S. Jan #NFP forecast at 234k in Reuters survey of 104 economists. F’casts range 190k to 290k
German factory orders rose 4.2% in Dec, higher than all estimates in a Reuters poll. F’casts in the survey ranged 0.4% to 3%,median was 1.5%
LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – British businesses enjoyed an
unexpectedly strong start to the year, marked by faster hiring
and rising new orders that bode well for economic growth in
A monthly survey by Markit/CIPS of businesses in the
dominant services sector suggested the economy as a whole is
growing at a rate slightly above the 0.5 percent recorded in the
final three months of 2014.