PRELIMINARY U.K. RETAIL SALES IMPROVED IN APRIL for the first time in five months signaling consumer sentiment has ticked-up despite no progress regarding Brexit. “It’s encouraging to see retailers with more of a spring in their step than in recent months,” Rain Newton-Smith, the CBI’s chief economist, said. Data released last week also revealed a spike in retail sales volume not seen in nearly two-and-half years. Britain government is hopeful to leave the bloc in May before the new European parliament takes their seats July. David Lidington stated “I don’t think this can be allowed to drift for much longer” expressing the concern of many British businesses. ADI (Advantage Data Inc.) extensive corporate-bond index data showed a net daily yield increment for high-grade versus high-yield constituents. High-
|Country||Maturity (Y)||Yield (%)||Previous (%)||Spread (bp)|
Credit-Default Swap Market
|New Issues||New Issues [Continued]|
1. Unione di Banche Italiane SCpA (EUR) 1% 11/30/2022 (04/24/2019): 300MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 100, Yielding 1%.
2. Royal Bank of Canada (EUR) 0.25% 5/2/2024 (04/24/2019):500MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 99.476, Yielding .356%.
|iShares Core EUR UCITS||iShares Euro High Yield UCITS|
|NAV as of 04/25/2019, 131.95||NAV as of 04/25/2019, 104.27|
|Daily NAV Change (%) -0.11%||Daily NAV Change (%) -0.33%|
OVERALL EUROPEAN CREDIT MARKET:
The euro-zone economy shows signs of positive momentum, although conditions are expected to deteriorate hindered by the termination of quantitative easing, weakening credit rating quality, and uncertainty regarding the outcome of Brexit. Closely watched indicators and rates:
- Eurostat's unemployment rate: currently 7.8% (seasonally adjusted, February 2019)
- Eurostat's quarterly GDP: 0.2% (2018 Q3 Final)
- 6-month Euribor: current value -0.231%, as of 04/24/2019
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