Economic Calendar is extremely light on this week's opening trading day, which is a market holiday in Japan due to Coming of Age Day. Euro Zone Industrial Production report for November opens this agenda at 10 o'clock in the morning. Production accelerated by point 2 percent month on month in October after slowing down by an upwardly revised point 6 percent in September. Then we have a couple of publications regarding the New Zealand economy wrap up this agenda, including the quarterly survey of business opinion by NZIER at 9 PM GMT. The Food Price Index report for December will then be available at a quarter to ten PM. Food prices dropped by point 6 percent month on month in November. Fruit and vegetables were a major contributor with a slide of 3.6 percent.

 

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