China, Redbook retail sales, UK manufacturing, yen comments

Still in negative territory:
Still stone cold dead:
Exporters have serious clout over there.

Intervention on their behalf would be no surprise:

Japan exporters stand to take nearly $10bn hit from rising yen

The yen’s sharp appreciation threatens to undercut profits at major Japanese exporters by more than 1 trillion yen ($9.37 billion) this fiscal year, outweighing any benefits of a stronger home currency for some companies, estimates by The Nikkei show.

Even at exchange rates of 110 yen to the dollar and 125 yen to the euro — levels on which many companies are basing their fiscal 2016 earnings estimates — 25 of the country’s biggest exporters, including Toyota Motor and Komatsu, would see their combined operating profits fall 1.14 trillion yen on the year owing to currency movements alone.