By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for September 14, 2020   |   Download PDF

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


  • The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.3% in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
  • The CPI and core CPI both rose 0.4% in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.
  • Wholesale sales rose 4.6% in July from June, the Census Bureau stated.


  • Initial jobless claims reached 884,000 in the week ended September 5, 2020, the Department of Labor announced.


  • As of September 2, 2020, with 99.8% of S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 84% reported a positive EPS surprise and 65% reported a positive revenue surprise, according to FactSet.


  • The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined in September.


  • Eurostat reported that the euro area GDP declined by 11.8% in the second quarter.
  • Germany’s industrial production grew 1.2% in July compared with June, the Federal Statistical Office noted.
  • Germany’s exports rose 4.7% in July compared with June, the Federal Statistical Office stated.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a range.
  • The European Central Bank held rates steady.


  • A slowdown in the pace of mobility gains globally due to regional virus case spikes will continue to act as a drag on economic recovery.
  • The liquidity-fueled recovery in risk assets will at some point need to resolve with the pace of recovery in fundamentals, and the latter may happen over a longer horizon than hoped.
  • The possibility of a "blue wave" in the U.S. November election, with Democrats winning control of the House, Senate, and Presidency, could mean a future rollback of corporate tax cuts.

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