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Failed transactions in the UK and Chinese car sales

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United Kingdom

We have added more government statistics on direct debits (automated monthly payments from Britons' bank accounts), including spending levels and failed transactions.

This chart tracks payments that failed due to insufficient funds since the onset of the pandemic. Amid government support to households, the failed direct debit rate initially fell -- especially for repayment of non-mortgage loans. But throughout 2022-23, more direct debits to pay gas and electricity bills have failed as energy prices shot higher.

The Chinese passenger car market is currently experiencing a notable shift in trends. We ‘ve recently added the volume of passenger car sales from domestic brands, sourced from the Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

The data has been used to generate a series in the chart below, which calculates the percentage share of Chinese brands in their local market. Remarkably, on a 12-month cumulated basis, Chinese brands have surpassed foreign brands, representing more than half of new passenger car sales. This development has resulted in record levels in volume since 2017, marking a significant achievement for the Chinese passenger car market.

Italy

Additional surveys from the Central Bank of Italy have been incorporated, with a prime focus on inflation and growth expectations.

The chart below pertains to the quarterly survey that is aimed at measuring the "likelihood of an improvement in the general economic situation in the next three months". The results are sectioned off per percentage brackets. The survey is conducted amongst Italian industrial and service companies that have at least 50 employees.

Over the past decade, the business sector has exhibited a very negative outlook on the short-term prospects of the Italian economy, with less than 30% of the companies surveyed on average indicating a likelihood lower than 25% for an improvement in the economy in the next three months.

Japan

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism has provided us with construction starts data for private non-dwelling buildings in Japan. This dataset is sorted by building type and industry groups.

Our analysis, as shown in the chart below, highlights the contribution of each building type to the cumulative total over a 12-month period. Unfortunately, the annual growth of non-residential construction starts has hit an all-time low, hovering around -20% year-on-year, a figure that has only been surpassed during the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-2009.

Despite this, warehouses have been compensating for the decline of other building types during the pandemic, due to their role in inventory storage. Investments across all building types, except for stores, increased in 2022 with the re-opening of the global economy. However, the global increase in interest rates has now caused construction starts to decrease across all building types on a year-on-year basis.

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Algeria

Policy rate

Country & Region > Algeria [dz, Region] > Interest & Exchange Rates [rate, Category] > Policy Rates > Bank of Algeria

Australia

MySuper Products – long-term net return

Country & Region > Australia [au, Region] > Funds [fund, Category] > Fund Statistics > Pension Funds > MySuper Products > Investment Performance > Long-Term Net Return

Bangladesh

Consumer Price Index, Y/Y% change

Country & Region > Bangladesh [bd, Region] > Prices [pric, Category] > Consumer Price Index

China

Passenger car sales from Chinese brands

Country & Region > China [cn, Region] > Trade [trad, Category] > Domestic Trade > Vehicle Sales & Registrations > Sales of Automobile Industry > Summary

Investment expenditures in Science & Technology

Country & Region > China [cn, Region] > Business Statistics [bust, Category] > Investments

Employment in Research & Development

Country & Region > China [cn, Region] > Labor Market [lama, Category] > Employment > All Areas > Research & Development

Real estate: regional completed development projects

Country & Region > China [cn, Region] > Construction & Real Estate [cons, Category] > Construction > Construction Status > Completed > NBS > Regional > Development & Sales

Overseas Direct Investment (ODI) to Hong-Kong

Country & Region > China [cn, Region] > Foreign Finance [fofi, Category] > Overseas Direct Investment > China Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) > Hong Kong > By Industry (Flow)

Chile

Average price of metals

Country & Region > Chile [cl, Region] > Prices [pric, Category] > Average Price of Metals

Bank of Chile projections

Country & Region > Chile [cl, Region] > Forecasts [fcst, Category] > Central Bank of Chile

Building Permits

Country & Region > Chile [cl, Region] > Construction & Real Estate [cons, Category] > Construction > Construction Status > Permits > Chilean National Statistics Institute (INE) > Building Permits > Summary Authorized Area

Croatia

CPI component: other purchases transport services

Country & Region > Croatia [hr, Region] > Prices [pric, Category] > Consumer Price Index > All Items

CPI weights

Source & Release > Croatia [hr, Region] > Croatian Bureau of Statistics > CPI [rel_hrcboscpi, Release]

Dominican Republic

Petroleum and non-petroleum imports

Country & Region > Dominican Republic [do, Region] > Trade [trad, Category] > Foreign Trade > Total

Hong-Kong

Construction plans processed by the building authority to start work

Country & Region > Hong Kong [hk, Region] > Construction & Real Estate [cons, Category] > Construction > Construction Status > Planned > Hong Kong Buildings Department

New buildings completed

Country & Region > Hong Kong [hk, Region] > Construction & Real Estate [cons, Category] > Construction > Construction Status > Completed > Hong Kong Buildings Department

Finland

National Accounts: General Government accounts (data complementation)

Country & Region > Finland [fi, Region] > National Accounts [naac, Category] > Sector Accounts > Summary > Annual > S1 Total Economy > S13 General Government > Total

Israel

Balance of Payments: trade in services breakdown

Country & Region > Israel [il, Region] > Balance of Payments [bopa, Category] > Trade in Services

Italy

Employment & Unemployment per age group and region

Country & Region > Italy [it, Region] > Labor Market [lama, Category]

Inflation and Growth expectations survey

Country & Region > Italy [it, Region] > Surveys & Leading Indicators [surv, Category] > Business Surveys > Central Bank of Italy > Inflation and Growth Expectations Survey

Japan

Building starts: private non-dwellings

Country & Region > Japan [jp, Region] > Construction & Real Estate [cons, Category] > Construction > Construction > Construction Status > Starts > Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism > Building Starts > Private Non-Dwelling by Use & Industry

Survey on price revision trends of 195 major food companies

Country & Region > Japan [jp, Region] > Surveys & Leading Indicators [surv, Category] > Business Surveys > Teikoku Databank > Survey on Price Revision Trends of 195 Major Food Companies

Latvia

Loans by due date

Country & Region > Latvia [lv, Region] > Money, Banking & Credit [bank, Category] > Deposits & Loans > MFIs > Loans > By Due Date 

Malta

Employment and unemployment levels

Country & Region > Malta [mt, Region] > Labor Market [lama, Category]

Nepal

Commercial Banks deposits

Country & Region > Nepal [np, Region] > Money, Banking & Credit [bank, Category] > Deposits & Loans > Commercial Banks > Deposits

North Macedonia

General Government Budget

Country & Region > North Macedonia [mk, Region] > Government & Public Finance [gpfi, Category] > General Government Budget

Palestine

Bank Deposits

Country & Region > Palestine (West Bank & Gaza) [ps, Region] > Money, Banking & Credit [bank, Category] > Deposits & Loans > Deposits > Geographical Classification

Peru

CPI: non-tradable items, excluding food

Country & Region > Peru [pe, Region] > Prices [pric, Category] > Consumer Price Index > Regional > Special Series > Non-Tradeables

Gross Domestic Product, SA, QoQ% 

Country & Region > Peru [pe, Region] > National Accounts [naac, Category] > Gross Domestic Product

Inflation expectations over the next 12 months

Country & Region > Peru [pe, Region] > Surveys & Leading Indicators [surv, Category] > Economic Surveys > Central Bank of Peru > Macroeconomic Expectations Survey > Inflation > Inflation Expectations Over the Next 12 Months (Qualitative)

Poland

NBP Bills operations maturity

Country & Region > Poland [pl, Region] > Money, Banking & Credit [bank, Category] > Central Bank Open Market Operations

Banks deposits & loans

Country & Region > Poland [pl, Region] > Money, Banking & Credit [bank, Category] > Deposits & Loans > Banks

South Korea

Court bankruptcy cases

Country & Region > South Korea [kr, Region] > Business Statistics [bust, Category] > Bankruptcies

Spain

Volume of new loans to households and non-financial corporations

Country & Region > Spain [es, Region] > Money, Banking & Credit [bank, Category] > Deposits & Loans > MFIs > Interest Rates > Of Euro Area Residents > Loans > Volumes of New Business > Households & NPISHs & Non-Financial Corporations

Interest rates for new loans to households and non-financial corporations

Country & Region > Spain [es, Region] > Money, Banking & Credit [bank, Category] > Deposits & Loans > MFIs > Interest Rates > Of Euro Area Residents > Loans > Volumes of New Business > Households & NPISHs & Non-Financial Corporations

General Government budget balance

Country & Region > Spain [es, Region] > Government & Public Finance [gpfi, Category] > Budgets > General Government Budget > Balance

Sweden

Import Prices weights for selected products

Country & Region > Sweden [se, Region] > Prices [pric, Category] > Import Price Index > Weights

Producer Prices weights for selected products

Country & Region > Sweden [se, Region] > Prices [pric, Category] > Producer Price Index > Total > Weights

Domestic Producer Prices weights for selected products

Country & Region > Sweden [se, Region] > Prices [pric, Category] > Producer Price Index > Domestic > Weights

Home Sales Producer Prices weights for selected products

Country & Region > Sweden [se, Region] > Prices [pric, Category] > Producer Price Index > Home Sales > Weights

Turkey

Exports & Imports for broad economic categories

Country & Region > Turkey [tr, Region] > Trade [trad, Category] > Foreign Trade > Export & Import > Broad Economic Categories

United Kingdom

Direct debit failure rate

Country & Region > United Kingdom [gb, Region] > Money, Banking & Credit [bank, Category] > Debit & Credit Cards Usage > Direct Debit Failure Rate

Credit cards spendings

Country & Region > United Kingdom [gb, Region] > Money, Banking & Credit [bank, Category] > Debit & Credit Cards Usage > Spending

Live birth in England & Wales

Country & Region > United Kingdom [gb, Region] > Demography [demo, Category] > Births

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