Unemployment, consumer confidence and other economic indicators are published in the first week of year. Discover how they affect your investment.

Economic indicators, reveal data that are considered by investors as the economic health courts is going through a nation. The 2012 calendar with 366 days, is loaded with relevant dates and to know in what state the already delicate Spanish economy.


The first week of the year does not begin with very encouraging figures which resulted in major European indexes in negative signs for opening day. But look at what data and reports meet this week to get an idea of ​​the current situation and begin planning the strategy, in case you want to make a stock market investment.

Data on unemployment bittersweet

The 2012 data begins with the newly appointed Minister of Economy and Competitiveness, Luis of Guindos, announced even before the year ends: the destruction of employment as a key factor in this new year in Spain.

In Guindos referred to two months of “negative growth” in December and January, and the lack of employment, as axes of economic hard streak face touches each of the Spanish in the newly released 2012. The Ministry of Employment and Social Security yesterday made public a figure tinged bittersweet, since in December 1897 were registered unemployed, compared to 60,000 in November. But the total number of unemployed in 2011 totaled 4.42 million unemployed, which is a record.

Expectations and Spanish consumer confidence

Another fact of yesterday was the Consumer Confidence Indicator (CCI), revealed by the Centre for Sociological Research (CIS). According to this information the consumer has regained his confidence by a half point from the previous month, reaching 71 points, a recovery according to the CIS is due to “better expectations in September and October and also a better assessment of the current situation “.

To clarify the importance of this indicator, explain the outcome of this figure can vary between 0 and 200, and the result is above 100 considered positive and below 100 as negative. Spanish consumers therefore do not yet have a positive perception of factors such as your current family income, the Spanish economy in general and employment.

Sales in January full costs

The January sales, which have already started in some communities such as Madrid and Murcia, which begin on day 7 in the other communities, will also reveal an important fact and we’ll see if the Spanish consumer is willing to spend or if the costs of January is going to be heavier this year.

Further details of the week

Others indicators during this first week of the year to keep an eye are business confidence and industrial production data annually, to be published on Thursday by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade and the National Institute of Statistics, respectively. The above comments do not constitute investment advice and therefore accepts no responsibility for any use that may be made of them.