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    New Zealand Credit Card Spending Falls In February



    New Zealand's credit card spending declined in February after rising in the previous month, figures from Reserve Bank of New Zealand showed on Friday.

    Credit card spending fell 0.6 percent month-on-month in February, after a 1.2 percent increase in January. In December, credit card spending had fallen 0.9 percent.

    Domestic billing decrease 0.3 percent monthly to NZ$3.296 billion and overseas billings rose 4.0 percent to NZ$398 million.

    On a year-on-year basis, overall credit card spending increased 2.5 percent in November, following a 3.7 percent rise in the previous month.

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    New Zealand Ramps Up Stimulus To Combat Covid-19 Impact



    The New Zealand government on Monday announced further support for the economy as the country prepares for the Alert Level 4 in the fight against covid-19.

    The central bank has decided to implement NZ$30 billion asset purchase programme as the negative economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak continued to intensify.

    The cabinet agreed to remove the cap on the wage subsidy scheme, which will inject a further NZ$4 billion into the economy over the next eleven weeks.

    The changes mean the forecast cost of the wage subsidy scheme is being lifted to NZ$9.3 billion Finance Minister Grant Robertson, said. This assumes 50 percent of businesses access the scheme.

    The government, central bank and retail banks have agreed in principle to significant temporary support for mortgage holders and a business finance guarantee scheme for those impacted by COVID-19.

    The cabinet agreed to freeze all rent increases and to look to extend no-cause terminations to protect people during this difficult time.

    "Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, said. "But, through decisive action, and through working together, we have a small window to get ahead of it."

    The monetary policy committee of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand decided to implement a Large Scale Asset Purchase programme (LSAP) of government bonds.

    The central bank will buy up to NZ$30 billion of government bonds in the secondary market over the next twelve months.

    The bank said it will monitor the effectiveness of the programme and make adjustments and additions if needed.

    Last week, the central bank had cut its interest rate by 75 basis points to 0.25 percent.

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    Japan Manufacturing Sinks To 44.8 In March - Nikkei



    The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to contract, and at a faster pace, the latest survey from Nikkei revealed on Tuesday with a preliminary manufacturing PMI score of 44.8.

    That's down from 47.8 in February, and it moves further beneath the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.

    The services PMI from Jibun Bank was even more troubling as it plummeted all the way down to 32.7 in March from 46.8 in February - largely reflecting the chaos wrought by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

    That dragged the composite PMI down to 35.8 from 47.0 a month earlier.

    Among the individual components, output, new orders, new export orders, backlogs, stocks of purchases and quantities of purchases all saw stronger rates of decline. Employment fell into contraction after expanding in the previous month.

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    Malaysia Inflation Slows In February



    Malaysia's consumer price inflation slowed in February, figures from the Department of Statistics showed on Wednesday.

    The consumer price index rose 1.3 percent year-on-year in February, after a 1.6 percent increase in January. Economists had expected a 1.4 percent rise.

    Among the main groups, prices for miscellaneous goods and services grew 2.5 percent annually in February. Prices for transport rose 2.4 percent and those of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels, and communication increased 1.6 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively.

    On a month-on-month basis, consumer prices remained unchanged in February.

    The core CPI rose 1.3 percent annually in February.

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    European Economics Preview: Bank Of England Rate Decision Due



    The interest rate announcement from the Bank of England is due on Thursday, headlining a busy day for the European economic news.

    At 3.00 am ET, the Office for National Statistics releases UK retail sales data for February. Economists forecast sales to grow 0.2 percent on month, following a 0.9 percent increase in January.

    Also, Germany Gfk consumer confidence survey data is due. The forward-looking consumer sentiment index is seen at 7.1 in April versus 9.8 in March.

    At 4.00 am ET, the Swedish National Institute of Economic Research is set to issue economic tendency survey data.

    Half an hour later, Sweden foreign trade data is due from Statistics Sweden.

    At 5.00 am ET, the European Central Bank is set to issue economic bulletin and money supply data. Economists forecast euro area M3 growth to remain unchanged at 5.2 percent in February.

    At 8.00 am ET, the Bank of England publishes the outcome of the monetary policy meeting. Economists expect the bank to retain its record low interest rate and to expand asset purchase programme to GBP 635 billion from GBP 435 billion.

    In the meantime, the Czech National bank announces its monetary policy decision. The two-week repo rate is likely to be lowered to 1.25 percent from 1.75 percent.

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    Tokyo Overall Inflation Gains 0.4% On Year In March



    Overall consumer prices in the Tokyo region of Japan were up 0.4 percent on year in March, the Ministry of Communications and Internal Affairs said on Friday.

    That exceeded expectations for an increase of 0.3 percent and was unchanged from the February reading.

    Core CPI, which excludes volatile food prices, also advanced an annual 0.4 percent. That was in line with expectations and down from 0.5 percent in the previous month.

    On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, overall inflation was up 0.1 percent and core CPI was unchanged.

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    Dollar: no longer a winner, but not yet defeated



    According to analysts, the past week has become a period of test for the greenback. It survived the worst week since the 2008 financial crisis and experts believe that in the future, the greenback will have to fight to regain its rightful place under the financial sun.

    Earlier, a positive outlook for the dollar was the fact that many investors ran to it as a defensive asset. However, in this current situation, this outlook is slowly being debunked. The greenback has experienced the worst week in the last 10 years, and experts are sure that the worst is yet to come.

    This month, the greenback grew amid active purchases by investors seeking to maintain their capital in the most liquid currency in the world. The fall of the US dollar was promoted by the impressive measures taken by the American monetary authorities. Recall that the White House initiated a $2.2 trillion government spending package to curb the collapse in global markets provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar decisions were made by many European central banks. Thanks to their coordinated efforts to increase the supply of dollars, other currencies were able to stay afloat.

    The most important indicator for the American economy as well as for the economy of other countries is the effect of the COVID-19. This was demonstrated by the report on the number of applications for unemployment benefits in the United States last Friday. The explosive growth of this indicator significantly weakened the greenback, almost instantly turning it from a triumphant currency into a defeated one.

    However, experts expect that the macroeconomic report, which is expected this Friday, April 3, will correct the situation a little. It will feature Non-farm payrolls that reflect the state of the US economy during the rampant COVID-19 pandemic. Note that this indicator has always provoked high volatility in the EUR/USD pair, and now it can turn out to be off-scale.

    According to preliminary forecasts, almost all components of the non-farm can go into a deep minus. It is expected that the number of people employed in the US non-agricultural sector will decrease by 80,000, while 120,000 in the private sector, and by 10 thousand in the production sector. Experts expect a sharp decrease in the share of the economically active population and hourly wages. The current situation may be in the hands of the USD bulls, which cannot be said about the bears. Experts said that the latter non-farms can be very disappointing.

    Morning of March 30, volatility in the EUR / USD pair remains relatively high, but not unlimited. The classic tandem cruised near the marks of 1.10731.1075, trying to get out of the current cycle. In the future, the EUR / USD pair managed to overcome this barrier and reach the levels of 1.10791.1080.

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    China Manufacturing PMI 52.0 In March



    The manufacturing sector in China moved back into expansion in March, the latest survey from the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday with a manufacturing PMI score of 52.0 - beating forecasts for 45.0.

    That's up sharply from 35.7 in February, and it moves back above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.

    The non-manufacturing PMI came in at 52.3, also exceeding expectations for 42.0 and up from 29.6 in the previous month.

    The composite PMI posted a score of 53.0, up from 28.9 a month prior.

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    Contraction Accelerates For Vietnam Manufacturing Sector



    The manufacturing sector in Vietnam continued to contract in March, and at a faster rate, the latest survey from IHS Markit revealed on Wednesday with a manufacturing PMI score of 41.9.

    That's down from 49.0 in February and it slips further beneath the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.

    Individually, last month saw the sharpest declines in output, new orders and employment in survey history. Business confidence tumbled, while firms scaled back purchasing and inventory holdings.

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    South Korea Inflation Data Due On Thursday



    South Korea will on Thursday release March numbers for consumer prices, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. In February, overall inflation was flat on month and up 1.1 percent on year, while core CPI added 0.1 percent on month and gained 0.5 percent on year.

    Japan will provide March figures for monetary base; in February, the monetary base climbed 3.6 percent on year.

    Australia will see February figures for job vacancies; in January, vacancies were up 1.6 percent on month.

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