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    by Published on January 29th, 2015 09:08 PM

    ABS CPI December quarter 2014 rises 0.2%

    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.2% in the December quarter 2014, following a rise of 0.5% in the September quarter 2014.

    The most significant price rises this quarter were for domestic holiday travel and accommodation (+5.8%), tobacco (+4.8%) and new dwelling purchase by ...
    by Published on January 29th, 2015 09:00 PM

    The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Increased Sharply

    The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in December, rose sharply in January. The Index now stands at 102.9 (1985=100), up from 93.1 in December. The Present Situation Index rose to 112.6 from 99.9, while the Expectations Index ...
    by Published on January 28th, 2015 09:27 PM

    Key Points

    • Change in gross domestic product (GDP) is the main indicator of economic growth. GDP is estimated to have increased by 0.5% in Q4 2014 compared with growth of 0.7% in Q3 2014.
    • Output increased in two of the four main industrial groupings within the economy in Q4 2014. In order of their contribution, output increased by 0.8% in services and 1.3% in agriculture.
    by Published on January 24th, 2015 03:19 PM
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    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.5% in the 12 months to December, following a 2.0% increase in November.

    Lower gasoline prices lead the deceleration in the Consumer Price Index

    The slower year-over-year rise in the CPI was mostly attributable to gasoline prices, which dropped 16.6% in the 12 months to December, after falling 5.9% in November.

    Excluding gasoline, the CPI increased 2.3% on a year-over-year basis in December, matching the rise in November.
    by Published on January 23rd, 2015 03:45 PM

    ECB announces a modification to the interest rate applicable to future targeted longer-term refinancing operations

    The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) decided today that the interest rate for the remaining six targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs) would be equal to the rate ...
    by Published on January 22nd, 2015 07:23 PM

    Bank of Canada lowers overnight rate target to 3/4 per cent

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    The Bank of Canada today announced that it is lowering its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 3/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/2 per cent. This decision ...
    by Published on January 22nd, 2015 03:21 PM
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    According to relevant basic information and national accounting methods, the preliminary accounting results of GDP in 2014 are as follows:


    1. Absolute value is computed at current price, growth rate is computed at constant price.
    2. The Three Industries Classification is according to the Three Industries Classification Regulations enacted in 2012 by the NBS.
    3. Industrial Classification for National Economic Activities adopts the “Industrial Classification for National Economic Activities" ( GB/T4754-2011).


    1. The Q/Q growth rate is the growth rate over the previous quarter, with seasonal adjustments.
    2. The Y/Y growth rate is the growth rate over the same period last year, without seasonal adjustments.


    1. Overview on Quarterly GDP Accounting

    1.1 Basic Concepts

    Gross Domestic Product (GDP) refers to the final products at market prices produced by all resident units in a country (or a region) during a certain period of time. GDP is the core indicator of the national accounts, and also an important indicator to measure the economic conditions and the level of development of a country or region.

    In the practice of national accounting, gross domestic product is calculated from ...
    by Published on January 21st, 2015 06:54 PM

    Statement on Monetary Policy

    1. At the Monetary Policy Meeting held today, the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided, by an 8-1 majority vote, to set the following guideline for money market operations for the intermeeting period:[Note 1]

    The Bank of Japan will conduct money market operations so that the monetary base will increase at an annual pace of about 80 ...

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