By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for January 21, 2020

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

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  • The Producer Price Index for final demand advanced 0.1% in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Retail sales increased 0.3% in December, the Census Bureau stated in an advance report.
  • Import prices rose 0.3% in December while export prices fell 0.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 204,000 for the week ended January 11, 2020.


  • As of December 31, 2019, of the 15 S&P 500 Index companies reporting fourth-quarter earnings, 13 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment slipped to 99.1 in January from 99.3 in December.


  • Eurostat reported that industrial production rose 0.2% in the euro area in November.
  • The euro area posted a trade surplus in November, according to Eurostat.
  • In the United Kingdom, the CPI declined to 1.4% in December from 1.5% in November, the Office of National Statistics noted.


  • The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note traded in a narrow range.
  • In its Beige Book, the Federal Open Market Committee reported that the economy expanded "modestly" in the last six weeks of 2019.


  • 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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