By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for November 18, 2019   |   Download PDF

Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.


  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the CPI rose 0.4% and core CPI increased 0.2% in October.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand rose 0.4% in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • In an advance estimate, the Census Bureau reported that retail sales increased 0.3% in October.


  • Initial jobless claims rose by 14,000 to 225,000 in the week ended November 9, 2019, the Labor Department reported.


  • As of November 11, 2019, of the 457 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 341 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment increased markedly in November.


  • Euro area annual inflation fell to 0.7% in October from 0.8% in September, Eurostat noted.
  • Eurostat found that euro area industrial production was up by 0.1% in September.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office noted that wholesale prices fell 2.3% in October.
  • In the United Kingdom, GDP grew 0.3% in the third quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics.


  • The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note declined.
  • In testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the economic outlook "remains favorable."


  • The cumulative effect of tariffs and low corporate confidence will increase pressure on global manufacturing.
  • Brexit, Italian debt dynamics, and a fragile European banking system risk tipping Europe back into recession.
  • Weak stimulus in China thus far is showing little sign of slowing the pace of deceleration.

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