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From a macroeconomic perspective:
• The US: Economic resilience
GDP growth slowed to 1.9 per cent in January, having risen 3.5 per cent in the third quarter. Unemployment remains low at 4.7 per cent (versus 4.6 per cent in November), and wage increases saw a rise of 0.4 per cent month-on-month.
• The UK: Swings and roundabouts
The UK economy has given mixed signals over the past month. PMI numbers have been consistently positive with manufacturing and services up 55.9 and 54.5 respectively in January. Elsewhere, industrial production beat expectations at 1.1 per cent MoM.
• The Eurozone: All eyes on upcoming elections
PMI numbers were strong across the board, with the composite index for the euro area climbing to 56 from 54.4 in January. Importantly, the national gauges showed France outpacing Germany for the first time since 2012, suggestive that growth could be increasingly broad based.