Soft German Retail Sales sends euro lower

The euro is down for a second straight day. In the North American session, EUR/USD is trading at 1.2180, down 0.28% on the day.

Germany Retail Sales slides

German consumers held tightly on the purse strings in April, as Retail Sales fell by 5.5% (MoM). This slide was much worse than the estimate of -2.0% and was a sharp downturn from the previous read of +7.7%.

On an annual basis, Retail Sales looked better, with a gain of 4.4%. Still, this missed the consensus of 10.1% and the gain is somewhat deceptive, as it is in comparison with Retail Sales from a year ago, at the height of the corona pandemic.

We’ll get a look at eurozone retail sales for April on Friday. Like in Germany, the eurozone is expected to have contracted in Q1, with a consensus of -1.2% m/m. However, on an annualised basis, the forecast stands at 25.5%, as consumer spending is projected to have surged since the dark days of Covid in 2020.

With major economies reopening, inflation has become a buzzword that investors and central banks are paying very close attention. In the US, a surge in April CPI provided the US dollar with a brief boost. In the eurozone, inflation is also on the move. CPI flash inflation hit 2.0% y/y in May. This was higher than the 1.6% y/y in April and the highest level in 2018. Core inflation rose to 0.9% y/y in May, up from 0.7% previously.

Although these inflation figures are higher, the ECB, similar to the Fed, is likely to stick to its well-rehearsed script that higher inflation is transient. This means that the ECB is unlikely to adjust its inflation forecast at next week’s policy meeting.


EUR/USD Technical

  • EUR/USD faces resistance at 1.2260. Above, there is resistance at 1.2329
  • On the downside, there is support at 1.2127, followed by 1.2063

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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