Thursday 18th February 2021
There was a strong bounce back in US retail sale sin January, helped by the arrival of $600 into most people’s bank accounts. NAB’s Gavin Friend says this is a clear sign of the positive impact of the government’s fiscal stimulus, something that won’t be lost in the negotiations for the next round of support measures. Inflation continues to be a debating point in the US, but the UK’s CPI data today shows it’s far from being an issue there just yet. The Bank of England continues to talk up the UK recovery, helped y the high level of personal savings. And at home, we can expect a strong increase in jobs, helping Australia claw back the losses made last year. Tonight it’s US jobs numbers and housing starts.