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April 30, 2018 | Germany Retail Sales Unexpectedly Decline 4th Month, 7th Time in 9 Months

Mike 'Mish' Shedlock

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The EU GDP setup isn’t pretty. Economists expected a 0.8% rise in German sales. Instead, sales fell 0.6%.

In the Eurozone, economists were way off the mark as German Monthly Retail Sales Unexpectedly Dropped.

German monthly retail sales unexpectedly fell in March, data showed today, marking a fourth consecutive drop and dampening cheer around a consumer-led upswing in Europe’s biggest economy.

The volatile indicator, which is often subject to revision, showed retail sales decreased by 0.6% on the month in real terms, the Federal Statistics Office said.

That confounded the Reuters consensus forecast for a 0.8% rise and followed an upwardly revised drop of 0.2% in February.

Slowing Global Growth

Data from Europe puts a nice spotlight on slowing global GDP.

Don’t expect the ECB to be hiking or even tapering its balance sheet anytime soon. This is US dollar supportive.

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April 30th, 2018

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