Week Ahead


Next week, the US will be publishing the third estimate of GDP growth for the last quarter of 2017, alongside PCE price index, personal spending and income, pending home sales and the final reading of Michigan consumer sentiment. Elsewhere, important data include: UK final Q4 GDP growth, Gfk consumer confidence and monetary indicators; Eurozone business survey; Japan unemployment, retail trade and industrial output; and China NBS PMIs. Also, Germany, France, Italy and Spain are set to release flash readings of March's consumer price inflation.

In the US, the most important releases are the third estimate of GDP growth for the last quarter of 2017, alongside PCE price index, personal spending and income, pending home sales and the final reading of Michigan consumer sentiment. Also, investors will be waiting for: corporate profits; S&P/Case-Shiller home prices; Chicago Fed National Activity Index; Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index; Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index; Chicago PMI; and advance estimates of goods trade balance and wholesale inventories.

The UK will publish the final estimate of fourth quarter GDP growth and business investment, Gfk consumer confidence, current account and monetary indicators. Elsewhere in Europe, flash estimates of March's inflation will be published for the Eurozone's largest economies. Other important figures include: the Euro Area business survey; Germany Gfk consumer confidence and jobless rate; France final GDP growth and consumer sentiment; Italy consumer and business morale; Switzerland KOF economic barometer and current account; and Turkey GDP growth, trade balance and business confidence.

In Japan, analysts are eyeing the publication of unemployment, alongside retail trade, the preliminary reading of industrial production and housing starts. Meanwhile, China's statistical office will release PMI figures for March, while Australia's most important releases will be HIA new home sales and private sector credit.

Other key highlights include: Canada monthly GDP; Brazil jobless rate; Mexico unemployment and foreign trade; South Africa interest rate decision and trade balance; and South Korea final estimate of fourth quarter GDP growth.


Week Ahead


Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
3/23/2018 4:29:13 PM