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UK Comment — UK retail sales grew strongly in May

  1. Retail sales up 1.3 percent in May on the heels of strong growth in April
  2. Some of the strength in May was due to one-off effects
  3. Underlying consumption growth has strengthened, but not as much as May numbers could suggest

Kari Due-Andresen, Chief Economist Norway | kadu01@handelsbanken.no

Fast Comment Sweden — May inflation above Riksbank target as positive energy price trend continues

  1. Inflation in line with expectations, and will rise further in June
  2. The energy price rise is no longer a temporary nuisance for the Riksbank
  3. Another sign that the Riksbank will indeed hike its policy rate in December

Johan Löf, Senior Economist | jolo22@handelsbanken.se

Morgenrapport Norge —

Marius Gonsholt Hov, Senior Economist | maho60@handelsbanken.no

Morgenmelding Danmark —

Rasmus Gudum-Sessingø, Senior Economist | ragu02@handelsbanken.dk

Fast Comment China — The slowdown finally sets in

  1. Very weak activity figures in May
  2. Growth slowdown is here
  3. Monetary policy being eased rather than tightened

Bjarke Roed-Frederiksen, Senior Economist | bjro03@handelsbanken.dk

Fast Comment US — Fed hikes rates, signals two more rate hikes in the second half of this year

  1. Fed hikes rates as expected
  2. Two more rate hikes in the second half of this year signalled
  3. Policy rates higher than the long-run neutral rate in 2019

Anders Bergvall, Senior Economist | anbe83@handelsbanken.se