Statistical Notes Thursday October 6
-The ISM non-manufacturing survey fell somewhat, from 53.3 to 53 while the manufacturing index rose, from 50.6 to 51.6. Construction spending rose in August by 1.4% compared to July, but was still lower than in June.
Meanwhile, initial jobless claims rose just 6,000 to 401,000, a smaller than expected increase given the dramatic drop the previous week.
-Australia's trade surplus rose from $1.8 billion in July to $3.1 billion in August due to a big increase in exports.
-Real retail sales fell in the euro area fell in August by 0.3% compared to July 2011 and 1.0% compared to August 2010.
-German factory orders fell by 1.4% in August, the second monthly drop in a row, but were still up 3.6% in seasonally adjusted terms compared to a year earlier.
-Industrial production in South Korea fell by 0.3% in August compared to the previous month, but was up by 3.9% compared to the previous year.
-Retail sales in Hong Kong continued to rise rapidly in August compared to a year earlier, up by 20.7% in real terms and 29% in nominal terms. The rate of increase was however somewhat lower than previous months, particularly in real terms.
-Employment in Israel rose by 3.3% in the year to July, while real wages rose by 0.2%.