Smart speakers and dog treats added to UK inflation basket – business live

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2018 was a tough year for Germany, as Europe’s larget economy was dragged to the brink of recession. 2019 hasn’t started much better.

New figures released this morning show that German industrial output slid, alarming, by 0.8% month-on-month in January. Economists had expected a 0.5% gain.

On an annual basis, output was a chunky 3.3% smaller than in January 2018.

It’s another sign that global trade tensions, the eurozone slowdown and Brexit uncertainty have all hurt demand for German-made products.

Worryingly, the decline was driven by lower demand for heavy-duty machinery and equipment.

Statistics body Destatis says that production of capital goods slumped by 2.5% on the month, while ‘intermediate goods’ production fell by 0.7%.

But consumer goods production rose by 1.5%, suggesting the global slowdown is worrying businesses more than families.

Holger Zschaepitz

More doom & gloom from industrial #Germany. German Jan Industrial Output dropped -0.8% MoM vs +0.5% expected. Capital goods fall 2.5% MoM, Consumer goods rise 1.5% MoM, Basic goods fall 0.7% MoM.

March 11, 2019

Destatis news

#Production in January 2019: -0.8% seasonally adjusted on the previous month.

March 11, 2019

Also coming up today

Brexit looms like a dark cloud over the City, as we enter a crunch week for the UK’s future. With no breakthrough in negotiations with Brussels, MPs are expected to reject Theresa May’s deal tomorrow.

Jennifer Rankin

Jean-Claude Juncker spoke by phone to Theresa May by phone last night, but talks remain deadlocked.

There are no plans for Theresa May to visit Brussels today.

March 11, 2019


-Brexit talks between the UK and the EU remain at an impasse, Downing Street has said, talks are to resume today

March 11, 2019

Cue speculation that the PM may not last much longer.

Global investors are still digesting last Friday’s unexpectedly weak US jobs report. It showed just 20,000 new jobs were created last month, down from over 300,000 in January. It may be a blip, or a warning sign that growth is slowing.

Today we get US retail sales figures, which should shed fresh light on the situation. Economists predict spending dipped by 0.1% in January, after a 1.2% slide in December.

In the UK, professor Jonathan Haskel is speaking at the University of Birmingham. He’s the newest member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, so could talk about interest rate moves, and the state of the economy.

European markets are expected to open higher:


European Opening Calls:#FTSE 7148 +0.62%#DAX 11506 +0.42%#CAC 5259 +0.53%#MIB 20595 +0.54%#IBEX 9170 +0.44%

March 11, 2019

The agenda

  • 12.30pm GMT: US retail sales figures for January
  • 1pm GMT: Bank of England policymaker Jonathan Haskel speaks at Birmingham University


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