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U.S. retail sales rose a sluggish 0.2 percent in October while an inflation measure grew less than expected, according to government data Wednesday that may give the Federal Reserve more leeway to prop up a slowing economy.
The prepared speech given by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Federal Reserve communications at the Cato Institute 25th Annual Monetary Conference in Washington, D.C. on November 14, 2007.
Euro zone growth rebounded more strongly than expected in the third quarter thanks to its three biggest economies, data showed, but economists said a looming slowdown would help keep ECB interest rates on hold.
British interest rates will need to fall in the coming months if inflation is to hit the central bank's 2 percent target in two years, the Bank of England signalled on Wednesday.
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said on Wednesday a decision on interest rates at the central bank's December meeting would depend on coming data, but emphasised that the economic risks were not all on the downside.
Soaring food costs drove up China's inflation in October, reinforcing expectations that the Chinese retail sales jumped 18.1 percent in October from a year earlier, the fastest pace on record, propelled by rising incomes, accelerating inflation and windfall gains from the surging stock market.
The good news is that inflation is less of a worry. The bad news is that economic growth is more of one. The change in perception comes as investors prepare for key inflation data this week.
The dollar slipped against most currencies Tuesday, resuming a long-term decline after a brief respite on Monday as investors expected further signs of housing weakness and sluggish consumer spending that could hurt U.S. growth.
Optimism about the U.S. economy among small businesses soured last month as a Federal Reserve interest cut intended to aid the economy instead triggered cutbacks in spending and hiring, a survey released on Tuesday showed.
Japan's economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter, but the Bank of Japan kept interest rates on hold in the face of market turmoil that has sent both stocks and the dollar sliding.
German investor morale worsened in November to its weakest since February 1993, weighed down by worries about financial market turmoil and the impact of the strong euro, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday.
Soaring food costs drove up China's inflation in October, reinforcing expectations that the central bank will raise interest rates again before long to keep a lid on price pressures. Consumer price inflation quickened to 6.5 percent in October, matching the near 11-year peak scaled in August, from 6.2 percent in September.
The dollar rose against the euro on Monday, as the European currency backed off all-time highs set last week.
Soaring food and petrol prices pushed British factory gate inflation to its highest level in nearly 12 years in October, denting expectations that interest rates are about to fall.
China on Monday posted a record trade surplus for October, but the total was smaller than expected, as climbing raw material costs and strengthening domestic demand gave a boost to imports.
Japanese wholesale prices rose slightly more than expected in October from a year earlier on rising oil prices, but investors, preoccupied with global markets, stuck to the view that the Bank of Japan will wait until next year to lift rates.
Australia's central bank on Monday raised its forecasts for underlying inflation to above its 2 to 3 percent comfort zone, strongly suggesting that further increases in interest rates might be needed to restrain price pressures and cool the red-hot economy
Soaring global oil costs helped drive U.S. import prices up at the steepest rate in nearly 1-1/2 years during October, according to a Labor Department report on Friday that was likely to heighten concern about energy-driven inflation.
The dollar fell to one-and-a-half-year lows versus the yen Friday, as fears of wider credit-related losses at U.S. financial institutions had investors dumping risky assets and anticipating more Federal Reserve rate cuts.
Euro zone economic growth will be slightly better than expected this year thanks to a robust third quarter, but financial market turbulence will slow it next year and in 2009, the European Commission said on Friday.