By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for July 6, 2020   |   Download PDF

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


  • Pending home sales surged 44.3% in May, the National Association of Realtors reported.
  • The Markit U.S. Manufacturing PMI rose to 49.8 in June from 39.8 in May.
  • The trade deficit widened in May, the Census Bureau noted.


  • The U.S. added 4.8 million jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1% in June from 13.3% in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Initial jobless claims reached 1,427,000 in the week ended June 27, 2020, the Department of Labor reported.


  • As of June 30, 2020, of the 14 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 12 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The European Commission reported that the Economic Sentiment Indicator for the euro area recovered in June.


  • Eurostat stated that euro area annual inflation rose to 0.3% in June from 0.1% in May.
  • Eurostat noted that euro area industrial producer prices slipped 0.6% in May.
  • Retail trade grew 13.9% in May versus April, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office reported.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a narrow range.


  • Many countries around the world are now in recession as a result of the "sudden stop" induced by governments to contain the spread of COVID-19.
  • 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 small step toward debt mutualization in the eurozone may not be enough to forestall a reckoning with debt dynamics in Italy and the shock of a bad-deal Brexit.

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