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Money Minute Monday 25 November: data from Japan, and UK house prices

Today's Money Minute looks ahead to a week that includes a host of data from Japan and Germany, plus the latest Nationwide house price index.

Next week sees figures on retail sales, unemployment, and manufacturing output for Japan.

Overall, the data is expected to point to a modest slowing in the economy, which is one reason Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced a big public spending boost for next year.

Investors will be watching the retail sales data particularly closely this month, because it's the first release since Japan's sales tax was raised on 1 October.Previous sales tax hikes have battered retail, and this one is unlikely to be any different.

In the eurozone, we get the latest data on unemployment and inflation from Germany, the region's biggest economy.

And in the UK, the latest update on house prices is out from Nationwide.Recent surveys have suggested that prices seem to be broadly stabilising, with house price growth overall flat, but falls in London growing less pronounced.But as long as wage increases continue to run ahead of house price growth, then affordability should continue to improve.

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