Elliot Smith & Holly Ellyatt
European markets were muted on Tuesday, with concerns about the global economy high on the agenda at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.
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The pan-European Stoxx 600 hovered around the flatline in early trade, with autos adding 0.5% while retail stocks dropped by a similar amount.
CNBC will be speaking to a range of delegates at the forum on Tuesday, including the leaders of Spain, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and the CEOs of Unilever, UBS, Allianz, Swiss Re and many others. Follow our coverage here.
Concerns over the direction of the global economy, persistent inflation, fragmentation and sluggish growth are high on the agenda, as well as the war in Ukraine
Investors will also be digesting a slew of Chinese economic data that was released overnight, including figures showing the nation’s gross domestic product grew by 3% in 2022, marking one of the slowest growths in decades.
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At the top of the European blue chip index, Italian aerospace and defense company Leonardo added 4.5%.
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China’s retail sales beat estimates, economy expands more than expected
China’s December retail sales beat estimates, falling only 1.8% on an annualized basis, significantly better than the decline of 8.6% projected in a Reuters poll.
Industrial output also grew 1.3% in December, higher than expectations for an increase of 0.2%.
In the fourth quarter, China’s economy expanded by 2.9% on an annualized basis, better than the expected 1.8% growth. While quarterly growth was flat, it still beat expectations for a 0.8% contraction.
Despite better-than-expected data, the Chinese offshore yuan weakened sharply from 6.7403 to 6.7563 against the U.S. dollar shortly after the release.
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European markets: Here are the opening calls
European markets are heading for a flat to lower open Tuesday, with concerns about the global economy high on the agenda at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.
The U.K.’s FTSE 100 index is expected to open 1 point higher at 7,862, Germany’s DAX 31 points lower at 15,111, France’s CAC down 14 points at 7,033 and Italy’s FTSE MIB down 37 points at 25,836, according to data from IG.
CNBC will be speaking to a range of delegates at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday, including the presidents of Spain, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and the CEOs of Unilever, UBS, Allianz and Swiss Re, among many others.
— Holly Ellyatt
Source : cnbc