China First Quarter GDP Grows At Strongest Pace On Record At 18.3%

The Chinese economy rose 18.3% yoy in the first quarter, though lower than the market consensus of 19%. China’s growth accelerated from 6.5% growth in Q4 . This was the strongest pace of expansion since 1992 (when records were first published)

China Consumer and Producer Inflation Pace Quickens in March

Inflation in China came in higher than expected levels for both the consumer and producer in March. CPI 0.4% y/y (vs. expected 0.3%) & PPI 4.4% y/y ( vs. expected 3.6%) the quickest pace of increase since 2018.  China Inflation March 2021 Consumer price index CPI 0.4% y/y, vs expected 0.3% y/y, prior – 0.2% for the m/m at -0.5% This was the highest reading since October 2020. On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell by 0.5 percent in March, … Continue reading “China Consumer and Producer Inflation Pace Quickens in March”

People’s Bank of China Warn on Leverage of Chinese Households

The PBOC issued a research paper on the Chinese households credit situation highlighting that a household credit boom could tend to drag down economic growth more so than corporate debt.  Mortgages are handcuffing China’s economic potential, as funding is redirected toward real estate and away from more productive uses.

US February New Home Sales 18.2 pct Lower on Increased Supply and Winter Storm

US New Home Sales in February were 775K vs 870K expected and down from prior 923K. Sales -18.2% vs -5.7% expected to the lowest in 9 months. The Midwest sales fell 37.5% with extreme cold weather however all regions fell back so weather was not the only negative impact.

U.S. Pending Home Sales Fall Sharply in Largest Decline Since May 2010

US pending home sales fell a sharp -4.9% v +0.5% estimates, in contrast to December existing home sales rising to 5.54M v 5.43M expected. Mortgage data has been volatile but stronger in late 2019 flowing onto housing as the stockmarket hit all time highs.