By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for November 30, 2020

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

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  • GDP grew at an annual rate of 33.1% in the third quarter, according to a second estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • Durable goods orders increased 1.3% in October, the Census Bureau stated in an advance estimate.
  • New home sales declined 0.3% in October, compared with September, the Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced.


  • Initial jobless claims reached 778,000 in the week ended November 21, 2020, according to the Department of Labor.


  • Profits increased 27.1% at a quarterly rate in the third quarter after decreasing 10.3% in the second quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.


  • The University of Michigan’s final reading of its index of consumer sentiment fell to 76.9 in November from 81.8 in October.


  • The Markit Flash Eurozone Composite PMI Output Index fell to 45.1 in November from 50.0 in October, hitting a six-month low.
  • Germany’s GDP rose by 8.5% in the third quarter, compared with the previous quarter, the Federal Statistical Office reported.
  • The ifo Business Confidence Index for Germany fell in November.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a narrow range.
  • In its November meeting minutes, the Federal Open Market Committee noted that “they recognized that circumstances could shift” to warrant adjustments to its asset purchasing program in the future.


  • 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.
  • Even with a Covid-19 vaccine on the horizon, the U.S. economy needs additional fiscal stimulus to plug aggregate income shortfalls through the second quarter of 2021.

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