By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for August 2, 2021

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


  • GDP grew at an annual rate of 6.5% in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis noted in an advance estimate.
  • New home sales dropped 6.6% in June compared with May, according to the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Durable goods orders increased 0.8% in June, in an advance report from the Census Bureau.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 24,000 to 400,000 in the week ended July 24, 2021, the Labor Department reported.


  • As of July 23, 2021, with 24% of S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 88% reported a positive EPS surprise and 86% reported a positive revenue surprise, according to FactSet.


  • The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index edged higher in July.
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment fell to 81.2 in July from 85.5 in June.


  • The European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Indicator rose in July, reaching a record high.
  • The ifo Business Climate Index for Germany fell in July.
  • Eurostat reported that euro area GDP grew 2.0% in the second quarter compared with the previous quarter.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a narrow range.
  • The Federal Open Market Committee held rates steady and said that the economy continues to strengthen.


  • Divergent vaccination rollout timelines and virus mutations risk could cause a shift from a synchronized global recovery to a more fractured regional, multispeed recovery.
  • Global leverage, created by pandemic response packages, is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for.
  • A shift from “just in time” to “just in case” inventory models could exacerbate supply chain concerns.

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