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Economists focus on Eurozone GDP and UK salaries data
On Tuesday August 14th 2018 the financial news updates will be dominated by reports coming from the Eurozone and the United Kingdom (UK). On that day, Eurostat which is the official statistical office of the European Union (EU) will publish preliminary data regarding the growth of the Eurozone’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the second quarter (Q2) of 2018. 

In the UK financial analysts will be expecting the release of data associated with the average earnings, including and excluding bonuses, in June 2018 and the unemployment rate during the same month. The reports published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are considered important as they give a detailed view of the employment market to the economists. A less significant ONS data release in the UK will be linked with the number of people who claimed unemployment benefits during July 2018. 

Eurozone GDP Q2 2018

Eurostat will publish its 2nd estimate GDP growth data in a report that will be anticipated by the financial market experts. According to the economists’ forecasts, the Eurozone’s GDP growth during the second quarter of 2018 is expected to come in at 2.1% on a year to year basis. On a quarterly basis, the Euro-bloc’s GDP growth is expected by market analysts to hit 0.3%. 

On July 31st 2018, Eurostat published its first estimate for the Eurozone’s GDP which matches the expectations for the second estimate. A report released by Internationale Nederlanden Groep (ING) on July 31st said that “perhaps still temporary, but factors with a longer shelf life seem to have brought Eurozone GDP growth down to a lower cruising speed for the moment. The confidence impact of a trade row and weaker real household income growth seem to be spoiling the European market conditions for the moment. Trade uncertainty seems to have already had a significant effect on the Eurozone economy in the second quarter of 2018.”

UK average earnings and unemployment rate

Economists will be also expecting to scrutinize the ONS reports regarding the average earnings in the UK and the country’s unemployment rate during July 2018. The average weekly earnings excluding bonuses released by the ONS is a key short-term indicator of how levels of pay are changing within the UK economy. The unemployment rate released by the ONS represents the number of unemployed workers divided by the total civilian labour force. It is a leading indicator for the UK economy.

According to the economists' forecast, the average weekly earnings excluding bonuses in the UK will have likely risen by 2.6% in June 2018, a bit less than the reading recorded in May 2018. The average weekly earnings including bonuses are expected to have risen by 2.5% as it had been measured in May 2018. 

Economists suggest that during June 2018 the unemployment rate in the UK remained stable at 4.2%. According to the ONS, the 4.2% figure is the lowest recorded in the last 42 years. In May 2018, the unemployment rate 4.2% figure had come in line with market expectations.

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