On Tuesday 5 March, Trump announced the plan to terminate the preferential trade treatments for India and Turkey, accusing India with failing to provide equitable trade access and stating that Turkey is “sufficiently economically developed”, so it will no longer be qualified for the benefits.
On Thursday 7 March, the ECB announced the decision to keep the current benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0% and cut the growth forecast of the economy for 2019 from 1.7% to 1.1%. The bank is going to launch a refinancing programme – TLTRO-3 in September, which aims to help preserve favourable bank lending conditions in the euro area.
On Thursday, Chinese technology company Huawei filed a lawsuit against the US government over the ban that prohibits federal agencies from using Huawei products.
On Friday 8 March, China released the trade data for February, which showed exports dropping by 20.7% YoY. Meanwhile Beijing expressed concerns over the possibility of reaching final trade agreement with the US. Trade worries triggered a plummet in Chinese stocks on Friday.
US CPI will be released on Tuesday 12 March and is expected to come in at 1.6% YoY.
UK trade balance for January will be announced on Tuesday 12 March, with an expected deficit of £3,371m.
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