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  • Editor’s Picks / 18 August 2015 at 22:45 GMT

    Park your factory in India, Japanese multinational

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Work is progressing in India on the development of industrial parks designed to help Japanese companies establish footholds on the subcontinent. In a country where land is difficult to appropriate and infrastructure is often lacking, industrial townships promise to give Japanese tenants the collective bargaining power to resolve problems and keep the wheels of business turning. OneHub Chennai is now signing up Japanese corporate tenants. This Japan Industrial Township offers paved roads and power and communications infrastructure. Its biggest selling point is its guaranteed land. India and Japan agreed in April to promote the concept of dedicated industrial parks to attract Japanese companies to India.
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  • Squawk / 14 August 2015 at 13:22 GMT
    Head of Macro Strategy / Saxo Bank
    US industrial production beats in July on manufacturing:

    The world's largest economy recorded a 0.6% monthly jump in industrial output last month, twice the expected increase of 0.3%. However, the 'beat' was helped by a downward revision to June's growth to 0.1% from 0.3% previously. Capacity utilisation rose to 78% as expected from 77.7%, a three-month high, but still well below the 79% reached in both November and December of last year.

    A look at the component reveals that manufacturing, which accounts for roughly 75% of industrial production, rose 0.8% m/m vs. 0.4% expected. June was revised lower to a 0.3% drop from a flat reading initially. Utilities dropped 1% m/m and mining gained a modest 0.2%.

    Even if August and September are both unchanged the jump in July implies a quarterly growth rate for industrial production of 0.5% (2% annualised). This comes on the back of a similar sized drop from Q1 to Q2.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 14 August 2015 at 2:50 GMT

    Just watch this gadget smarten up your performance

    The Logan Reporter
    In the past, companies looking to increase productivity gave staff a Christmas bonus or a coffee machine. Goodbye to all that, and hello to bosses giving staff smart watches. The dawn of wearable technology has led to the creation of devices that can analyse when people can function at their peak. It is being called “human optimisation”. The innovation is attracting the interest of hedge funds, banks, consultancies and call centres. Wearable gadgets could even warn market traders to slow down if they are not performing at their best, and give them a green light when they are “in the zone”.
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  • Calendar event / 12 August 2015 at 5:30 GMT

    CN Industrial Output

    Med Indus Prod, Y/Y%
    Med Indus Prod, M/M%
    12 August
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  • Calendar event / 07 August 2015 at 6:00 GMT

    DE Industrial Production Index

    High Indus Output-Adj, M/M%
    Med Indus Output-Adj, Y/Y%
    Med Construction Output Pct Chg MoM
    Med Mfring Output, M/M%
    Med Industrial Output Pct Chg YoY
  • Calendar event / 29 July 2015 at 23:50 GMT
    High Industrial Output (on month)
    Med Inventory/Shipment Ratio, M/M%
    Med Shipments, M/M%
    Med Inventories, M/M%
    Med Indus Output Mo-Ahead Forecast
    Med Indus Output 2-Mo Forecast
    Med Indus Output 3-Mo Forecast
  • Editor’s Picks / 27 July 2015 at 4:52 GMT

    China must act fast to fix demographic time bomb

    South China Morning Post
    The baby boom expected for China with the 2013 easing of the one-child policy has not happened. Couples allowed to have two children have decided not to, putting finances, lifestyle and careers first. The low birth rate and ageing issue mean that population control measures should be scrapped. The one-child policy has meant a rapid ageing of society, a shrinking workforce, growing numbers of elderly and a vast gender imbalance. The worse the demographics get, the more the economy will suffer through low productivity, a decline in consumerism and the need for more government funding for pensions and health care.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 22 July 2015 at 23:11 GMT

    Kuroda pushes productivity, reform in Bangkok talk

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Boosting productivity is crucial to ensuring continued growth in Asia, Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said during a recent speech in Bangkok. Productivity growth allows an economy to overcome issues such as shrinking working-age populations, Kuroda said. A well-functioning market mechanism makes sustainable growth possible, he argued. Kuroda said that now is the right time to put necessary reforms in motion. And changes brought about under dictators are unsustainable, he contended. Meanwhile the BOJ governor said that he expects that an easing of the impact of plunging oil prices and the tighter labour market to bolster inflation in Japan.
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  • Article / 15 July 2015 at 5:01 GMT

    3 Numbers: UK jobs appear robust, US industry, US NY Fed Index

    editor/analyst /
    United States
    3 Numbers: UK jobs appear robust, US industry, US NY Fed Index
    While the UK's job numbers are looking strong all eyes will be on today's US manufacturing numbers, after yesterday’s disappointing data on retail spending for June. And yes, it will cause yet more conjecture about the strength of US economic growth and consequent timing over a Federal Reserve rate hike.
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