Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quick Overview

  • U.S. GDP grew by 1.3% in Q2, up from 0.4% in Q1
  • U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 37,000 to 391,000 in the week ending September 24 and their lowest level since April.

  • German Unemployment fell by 26K to 6.9% in September

  • Spanish August Retail Sales fell -4.4% YoY

  • Bloomberg: Planning Commission of India said that it had recommended that the poverty line be fixed at 965 rupees per capita per month (about $0.65 a day) for people living in urban areas and 781 rupees per capita per month (slightly more than $0.50 a day) for those living in rural areas. Based on this very conservative cut-off point -- itself a figure revised upward after the Supreme Court objected to an earlier projection -- the commission estimated the population in India living below the poverty line at a little more than 407 million people. That is almost one-third of the population.

  • New Zealand’s  credit rating was cut one step to AA by Fitch.

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