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Fast Comment Finland Unemployment trending down more than expected

  • Unemployment rate (S.A.) 8.0 percent in April
  • Employment rate remained at 71.0 percent
  • Unemployment is falling and the outlook remains positive

Janne Ronkanen

Senior Economist


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Fast Comment Sweden — Inflation in April: The last scare before focus shifts back to upward trend

  1. Outcome fully in line with expectations
  2. Further signs of firm underlying inflation
  3. We stick to our forecast of a rate hike in December from the Riksbank

Johan Löf, Senior Economist |

Fast Comment Norway — CPI-ATE at 1.3 percent; significantly below Norges Bank

  1. CPI-ATE at 1.3 percent vs. market expectations of 1.4 percent
  2. Significantly below Norges Bank's forecast of 1.6 percent
  3. We still expect a rate hike in September, but weak inflation calls for a lowering of the policy rate path

Marius Gonsholt Hov, Senior Economist |

Fast Comment Norway — A disappointing start to the year for industrial production

  1. Manufacturing output down 0.1 percent in March; weaker than expected
  2. The positive trend is now in question...
  3. …but we expect high international demand and increased oil investments to buoy IP ahead

Halfdan Grangård, Senior Economist |

Fast Comment Sweden — Preview of April inflation: Close to target, but somewhat lower than March

  1. Last underlying inflation scare before upward trend is rediscovered
  2. Growth peak might be behind us, but the level of activity will stoke inflation lastingly
  3. Risks to April inflation estimate includes - you guessed it - air fares!

Johan Löf, Senior Economist |

Fast Comment US — US April labour market data a mixed bag

  1. US April labour market data a mixed bag
  2. Employment growth slowing slightly
  3. Market reaction muted - Fed outlook unchanged

Claes Måhlén, Chief Strategist |