Plenty on the calendar today

2200GMT - New Zealand - ANZ Truckometer for March

  • Uses traffic flows as a proxy for economic growth
  • prior +2.3% m/m

2350GMT - Japan - Machinery Orders for February

  • AKA Core Machinery orders
  • Published by Japan's Cabinet Office, its private sector machinery orders (excluding ship and power equipment)
  • An indicator of capex to come (in around 6-9 months)
  • expected +2.5% y/y, prior -8.2%
  • expected +3.6% m/m, prior -3.2%

Also at 2350GMT from Japan, PPI for March

  • a guide for business to business inflation and perhaps indicative of consumer inflation further down the track
  • expected 1.4% y/y, prior 1.0%
  • expected 0.3% m/m, prior 0.2%

0030GMT - Australia - Westpac's monthly Consumer Confidence Index (for April)

  • prior +0.1% to 99.7
  • While the m/m was barely changed in March, Westpac noted a significant fall in one of the components of the Index: the 'Family finances compared to a year ago' sub-index fell by 5.3%. ... currently respondents are particularly concerned about their own finances. News from the December quarter national accounts that wage incomes had fallen by 0.5% is indicative of the source of these concerns. That news, of course, complemented other recent reports that wages growth had fallen to a record low of 1.9%.
  • Yep, thee it is again ... weak wage growth. This is a big issue the RBA is grappling with, not only is it weighing on consumption (and thus retail and thus economic growth), its holding inflation under the RBA target band.

0130GMT - Australia - Credit card balances and purchases