Looking Ahead in Asia

Markets in Asia may brace for more volatility this week as the world’s second largest economy releases a string of monthly indicators, alongside keenly-anticipated central bank policy decisions in Japan and Europe.

China is due to release a deluge of data on Tuesday, including retail sales, fixed asset investment and industrial output for the month of December, but the focus will fall on the fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP) due at 1000 SIN/HK.

Economic growth is likely to have slowed to 7.2 percent in October-December from the year-ago period, according to a Reuters poll, which would be the slowest reading since the first quarter of 2009 when the growth rate slumped to 6.6 percent amid the depths of the global financial crisis. Growth in the third quarter of 2014 came in at an annual 7.3 percent.


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