US Facing Significant Downside Risks Economic Outlook


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US Facing Significant Downside Risks Economic Outlook


  • RETAIL SALES LESS AUTOS: -0.4% V 0.0%E (largest ex-autos decline since May 2010)
  • Sales Ex Auto & Gas: -0.1% v 0.4%e
  • Prior Advanced Retail Sales revised lower from +0.1% to-0.2 %
  • Prior Less Autos revised lower from +0.1% to -0.3%
  • Prior Ex Auto & Gas revised lower from +0.1% to -0.1%


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  • (US) PPI EX-FOOD&ENERGY M/M: 0.2% V 0.2%E (weakest Y/Y PPI since March 2009)
  • PPI Y/Y: 0.7% v 1.2%e – PPI Ex Food & Energy Y/Y: 2.7% v 2.8%e

This is from the press release by the U.S. Department Of Commerce:

English: Seal of the United States Census Bure...

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for May, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $404.6 billion, a decrease of 0.2 percent (±0.5%)* from the previous month, but 5.3 percent (±0.7%) above May 2011. Total sales for the March through May 2012 period were up 5.7 percent (±0.5%) from the same period a year ago. The March to April 2012 percent change was revised from 0.1 percent (±0.5)* to -0.2 percent (±0.2%)*.

Retail trade sales were down 0.2 percent (±0.5%)* from April 2012, but 5.0 percent (±0.7%) above last year. Nonstore retailers sales were up 12.4 percent (±3.1%) from May 2011 and motor vehicles and parts dealers were up 10.0 percent (±2.1%) from last year. The advance estimates are based on a subsample of the Census Bureau’s full retail and food services sample.

How to interpret this data?

US Facing Significant Downside Risks Economic Outlook following the worst NFP release of the year, it is no surprise today to see a much softer Retail Sales figure today at a contraction of 0.2%.  This is likely to add more pressure on the Federal Reserve (Ben Bernanke) to launch another round of quantitative easing, or at least, some sort of measures to stimulate the economy as soon as ‘Operation Twist‘ ends.  Although Bernanke is reluctant to talk about further QE, recent data and comments from other Fed officials are suggesting that the Fed will do something soon.

We are likely to see USD weakness on the basis of potential QE speculation on the rise, of course with the market focus on the upcoming Greek election, USD could be back in demand for safe-haven flows… but assuming that Greece were to stay in the EU after next week, then USD could be facing strong selling pressure in the weeks to come.  Of course, the PPI release indicates that there are plenty of room for the Fed to launch another QE seeing that the year to year number just rose 0.2%.

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