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According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, seasonally adjusted, Australia’s retail trade figures show that sales fell 0.3% in January 2020 compared to December 2019, following a fall of 0.7% in December 2019.
 The US Department of Commerce announced that the US trade deficit in goods and services decreased by 6.7% year-on-year to US$45.3 billion in January 2020. Exports of goods and services fell by 0.4% year-on-year to US$208.6 billion, while imports of goods and services fell by 1.6% to US$253.9 billion over a year earlier.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian GDP, seasonally adjusted, was up 2.2% year-on-year in Q4 2019. Compared with Q3 2019, GDP grew 0.5% in Q4 2019.
According to Eurostat, the volume of retail trade rose by 1.7% in the euro area and by 2.1% in the EU in January 2020, over a year earlier. Compared with December 2019, the volume of retail trade increased by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU in January 2020.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany's retail turnover increased by 1.8% year on year in real terms in January 2020. Compared to the previous month, January turnover rose by 0.9% adjusted for calendar and seasonal variations.
Eurostat released that the unemployment rate of member countries in the European Union was 6.6% in January 2020, down from 6.9% in January 2019. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Euro area was 7.4% in January 2020, down from 7.8% in January 2019.
According to the report released by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japanese retail sales fell by 0.4% in January 2020 compared with the same period last year. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, retail sales rose by 0.6% compared with December 2019.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the unemployment rate of Germany was 3.2% in January 2020. The number of unemployed persons was 1.41 million in the same period.
According to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Japanese unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was 2.4% in January 2020. The number of unemployed persons was 1.59 million, a decrease of 70 thousand from the previous year.
According to the Eurostat, Euro area annual inflation was 1.4 in January 2020, up from 1.3% in December 2019. EU annual inflation was 1.7% in January 2020, up from 1.6% in December 2019.
According to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the consumer price index (CPI) for Japan in January 2020 was 102.2 up 0.7% compared with January 2019 and remained unchanged compared with December 2019.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, seasonally adjusted, Australia’s unemployment rate was 5.3% in January 2020. The number of unemployed persons increased by 31,000 to 725,900 in the same month.
 According to Office for National Statistics (ONS), UK retail sales increased by 0.8% year-on-year in January 2020 and increased 0.9% from the previous month.
According to the UK National Statistics Office, UK's CPI rose 1.8 year-on-year in January 2020, up from 1.4% in December 2019.
According to the Office for National Statistics in UK, UK unemployment rate was 3.8% in Q4 2019. The number of unemployed persons was 1.29 million in the same quarter.
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