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Japan GDP Surges 4%, Most In Two Years, On Jump In Government Stimulus Spending

Japan's economy grew by 1% sequentially, and 4% on an annualized basis in Q2, smashing expectations of a 2.5% print and well above the upward revised 1.5% in the first quarter; it was also the the highest quarterly growth since a 5% print in Q2 2015, as some of the public works spending included in last year’s economic stimulus package starting to emerge; meanwhile exports declined.

Frontrunning: June 9

  • UK voters deal May a crushing blow (Reuters)
  • May Fights to Remain U.K. Premier After Election Debacle (BBG)
  • Warning of U.S. desertion, EU chief calls for European defense (Reuters)
  • EU Turns Schadenfreude Up to Maximum After May Election Disaster (BBG)
  • Dollar cleans up as UK election shock stuns sterling (Reuters)
  • Trump tweets on Comey, declares ‘total vindication’ (AP)

Flying Is About To Get Even More Miserable...Well, At Least For Poor People

At a time when you would think the airlines would be a little more image conscious, you know because of that whole beating customers and dragging them off the plane thing that United did, they're apparently doubling down on efforts to make "Flying The Friendly Skies" the most miserable experience ever. 

Frontrunning: March 15

  • What to watch at the Fed meeting (FT)
  • Dutch vote in test of anti-elite sentiment in Europe (Reuters)
  • Where Are the Battlegrounds in the Dutch Election? (BBG)
  • Erdogan says Dutch have ‘rotten character’ as row escalates (FT)
  • How the Fed Convinced Markets It’ll Raise Rates This Week (BBG)
  • GOP Senators Say Health Bill Won’t Pass Unless Changed (WSJ)

BCBG Max Azria Files For Bankruptcy

BCBG Max Azria, known for party dresses worn by celebrities including Selena Gomez and Drew Barrymore, became the latest casualty of the struggling US retail sector. It listed assets in the range of $100 million to $500 million and liabilities in the range of $500 million to $1 billion.

Nordstrom Folds To "Grab Your Wallet" Protesters: Dumps Ivanka Trump's Clothing Line

Despite Macy's, Saks, and Zappos still carrying Ivanka Trump's fashion lines, it appears Nordstrom has folded to the liberal intelligentisia's "Grab Your Wallet" protests, demanding a boycott of retailers carrying Trump merchandise, as the department store stated today that it will no longer sell Ivanka Trump's eponymous clothing and accessories.

Retailers Panic: 63% Of Americans Plan Not To Shop On Black Friday

According to a Reuters poll, some 63%, or nearly two-thirds, of US adults did not plan to shop on Black Friday this year. Some 32% said they plan to finish about half of their holiday shopping on that day. As a result "shocked" US retailers are doing everything they can in their scramble for market share.