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Weekly Economic Calendar: From global inflation trends to key policy decisions

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(London time)

Monday, March 4

The week opens with pivotal economic data from Turkey, focusing on the latest figures for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI). These indicators are essential for assessing inflationary pressures, with the current data revealing significant annual increases: the CPI at a staggering 60% and the PPI just over 40%. This substantial rise in prices underscores the economic challenges Turkey is facing, particularly in terms of rising costs for consumers and producers alike.

Shortly after, at 7:30 AM, the spotlight turns to Switzerland with its release of inflation statistics. Known for their accuracy and reliability, these figures are anticipated to show a modest annual increase of about 1%. This data starkly contrasts with the high inflation rates in Turkey, illustrating the varied economic landscapes across different countries.

Furthermore, the day's macroeconomic schedule appears relatively light but gains momentum with the release of the Sentix Economic Sentiment Index for the Eurozone at 9:30 AM. This index is a critical barometer of investor confidence and overall economic sentiment within the Eurozone, offering valuable insights into the region's economic outlook.

Tuesday, March 5

As the day begins, the focus shifts to Japan with the release of Tokyo's core CPI data for February. This release is coupled with a public appearance by Kazuo Ueda, the Governor of the Bank of Japan. The core CPI, also referred to as the "samurai" index, is a crucial measure in gauging Japan's adherence to its expansive monetary policy. It's an indicator of the country's economic direction and stability, especially in the context of global monetary trends.

Throughout the day, the analysis will center on the final February PMI data from the services sector across various key economies. This comprehensive array of data, beginning with China at 1:45 AM and followed by India, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the Eurozone, the UK, and the US, offers a global perspective on the health of the services sector.

Additionally, the US will reveal its original ISM index for the non-manufacturing sector, shedding further light on the condition of the American service industry.

Later, at 10:00 AM, Eurostat is set to publish data on producer inflation in the Eurozone for January. The day culminates with the US releasing its final statistics on industrial orders at 3:00 PM.

A critical aspect of this release is the dynamics of orders for durable goods excluding transportation means. This data is a fundamental metric for assessing business investments in the United States, providing insights into the country's economic activity and future growth prospects.

Wednesday, March 6

Germany starts the day by publishing its foreign trade balance for January at 7:00 AM. This data is particularly noteworthy as it reflects the interconnectedness of European economies, with German imports significantly impacting Polish exports. Understanding these trade dynamics is crucial for gauging the health and interdependence of European economies.

At 10:00 AM, attention turns to Eurostat, which will release retail sales statistics for January in the Eurozone and other EU countries. This data provides a clear picture of consumer spending trends and the overall economic health in these regions, acting as a key indicator of economic vitality and consumer confidence.

The day also brings a wealth of labor market data from the United States. Starting with the ADP employment report at 1:15 PM, which measures changes in private sector employment, followed by the JOLTS survey at 3:00 PM, assessing job vacancies across the country. This information is vital for understanding the nuances of the American labor market, including employment trends and labor demand.

The late afternoon, specifically 3:00 PM, is positioned to be particularly eventful for investors. Several crucial announcements are scheduled: the Bank of Canada's interest rate decision and accompanying press release, the Canadian Ivey PMI for February, and the Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's semi-annual monetary policy report to the House Financial Services Committee. The day wraps up with the release of the Beige Book at 7:00 PM, offering anecdotal insights into the economic conditions across the various Federal Reserve districts in the United States.

Thursday, March 7

The day begins with Germany unveiling its industry order statistics for January at 7:00 AM. These statistics are eagerly anticipated, as the previous months have seen significant declines in the manufacturing sector of Europe's largest economy. A reversal of these trends is hoped for, signaling potential economic recovery or stabilization.

At 1:15 PM, one of the week's most critical financial events unfolds with the European Central Bank's (ECB) decision on interest rates. It is widely expected that the ECB will maintain interest rates at their highest levels in two decades. However, ECB President Lagarde's press conference at 1:45 PM might provide hints about the potential timing and conditions for future rate reductions, a topic of great interest to investors and economists alike.

The focus then shifts back to the United States, where labor market data continues to be in the spotlight. At 00:30 PM, the Challenger Job-Cut Report will provide insights into corporate sector layoff announcements, followed by the US trade balance for January at 1:30 PM. Simultaneously, data on unit labor costs and labor productivity for the fourth quarter will be released, offering a comprehensive view of labor efficiency and costs in the American economy.

The day concludes with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifying before the Senate Banking Committee at 3:00 PM. His testimony is expected to reiterate the points made during his previous appearance before the House Committee, providing continuity and clarity on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy stance. The day's events conclude at 8:00 PM with the publication of US consumer credit statistics for January, offering insights into the borrowing and spending habits of American consumers.

Friday, March 8

This day marks a significant intersection of economics and politics. In Ireland, a constitutional referendum concerning the role of women in society is scheduled, setting the stage for a series of important elections throughout March. These include elections in Portugal (March 10), Slovakia (March 23), and notably, Russia (March 15-17), where the presidential election will take place amidst global interest. Adding to the day's political significance is the annual State of the Union address by the President of the United States to Congress, scheduled for 2:00 AM (still Thursday evening in the United States).

In terms of economic data, the spotlight is on the US labor market report for February, a highly anticipated release scheduled for 1:30 PM. This report is critical in understanding the current state of employment and economic health in the United States. Simultaneously, Canada will also release its labor market data, offering an opportunity for comparative analysis of labor conditions across North America.

The day begins with Germany releasing more data at 7:00 AM, including figures on industrial production and the Producer Price Index (PPI). These indicators are key to understanding the state of German manufacturing and production costs. At 7:30 AM, Hungary's February CPI inflation data will be made public, providing insights into the inflationary trends within the country. The day's data releases culminate at 10:00 AM with Eurostat presenting the final GDP figures for the fourth quarter, rounding off a week filled with crucial economic and political events that are set to influence global markets and policies.



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