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Europe has a data fest, and growth worries By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A shopkeeper arranges clothing outside his shop in downtown Athens, Greece August 28, 2015. Greece’s economy grew 0.9 percent in the second quarter, compared with previous flash estimate of 0.8 percent earlier this month, helped by consumer sp

A look at the day ahead in European and global markets from Vidya Ranganathan

Tuesday’s a busy day for European markets. We get preliminary growth numbers for the euro zone, inflation in Italy, jobless data for Britain and, crucially, the German economic sentiment ZEW survey.

No surprises are seen in euro zone GDP data – rather, analysts assume the tepid pace seen in the fourth quarter hasn’t picked up.

That leaves the German ZEW survey for May in the spotlight. There, too, the economic situation was considered relatively negative last month.

Weakness in the euro zone’s largest economy will be a matter of concern for market bulls, given they just saw Asia’s largest economy is still struggling to get demand going and doing little for global trade.

As stock markets pause to take stock, the dollar too is ceding a bit of ground mainly to sterling and the Canadian dollar, and a bit to the euro.

A June rate rise by the European Central Bank seems certain, and a Reuters poll shows the ECB will hike at each of the next two meetings.

UK labour market data is a biggie too for sterling this week, offering insight into the headline pay growth that the hawkish Bank of England is eyeing.

In the background to all this data-diving is the usual drawn-out U.S. debt ceiling debate. With a little more than two weeks to go before the U.S. government could run short of money to pay its bills, President Joe Biden and Republican House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy meet on Tuesday to find common ground on spending levels and whatever else it takes to agree on an increase in the nation’s $31.4 trillion debt limit. Here’s an explainer.

Key developments that could influence markets on Tuesday:

Germany ZEW survey for May

Eurozone Q1 GDP data

Italy CPI, UK employment

U.S. April retail sales

Euro group finance ministers meet in Brussels

Fed’s Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr testifies before the House Financial Services Committee Seminannual Hearing on Supervision and Regulation, in Washington

U.S. debt ceiling talks between President Joe Biden and Republican House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT)

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This story originally appeared on Investing

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