Statistical Notes Wednesday August 10
-Germany's trade surplus fell due to falling exports.
-Latvia seems to be catching up with its rapidly growing Baltic neighbors as GDP rose 2.2% (9% at an annualized rate) in the second quarter compared to the first and 5.3% compared to the second quarter of 2010.
-China saw both its consumer price inflation rate and trade surplus increase. Since a stronger yuan would reduce both, this will likely induce Chinese policy makers to allow the yuan to appreciate faster against the U.S. dollar.
-South Korea saw employment increase by 1.4% in July compared to the previous year, resulting in an increase in the employment to population ratio and a drop in the unemployment rate. The rate of increase was however lower than in the previous month.
-Israel saw average real wages rise a mere 0.1% compared to the same month the previous year, while employment increased a more robust by 2.9% during the same period.