Sydney and Melbourne came off daylight saving time over the weekend .... dunno about anyone else but my timings are all mixed up

Data coming up, reproduced from my earlier post: Economic data due from Asia today (& China mkts closed)

0130GMT - Australia - Retail Sales for February

  • expected +0.3% m/m, prior +0.4%
  • Westpac are a little more upbeat on retail sales data now (though their forecast for the month is in line with the median), saying:"The recent pattern has been driven by significant moves in 'household goods' retail where the closure of the Masters Home Improvement chain created a big drag on both prices and volumes late last year"

0130GMT - Australia - Building Approvals for February

  • expected -1.5% m/m and +1.8% was the prior
  • expected -14.5% y/y, prior -12.0%
  • This data point is showing well past its peak, generally falling since August of 2016

0130GMT - Australia - ANZ's job ads series, for March

  • prior -0.7% m/m