By the numbers: The global economy this week
Highlights of economic data released last week, from central bank policies to trade and growth trends.
January 27, 2020
CHINA: The yuan fell versus the U.S. dollar, hitting a two-week low, amid concerns about the spread of a virus.
Central bank policy
JAPAN: Japan posted a trade deficit for the second consecutive year in 2019.
CANADA: Wholesale sales declined 1.2% in November.
CANADA: Manufacturing sales fell 0.6% in November.
EUROZONE: The Flash PMI Composite Output Index remained unchanged at 50.9 In January.
GERMANY: The Flash PMI Composite Output Index rose to 51.1 in January from 50.2 in December.
GERMANY: Producer prices declined 0.2% year over year in December.
JAPAN: Industrial production slipped -1.0% in November.
JAPAN: The Flash PMI Composite Output Index climbed to 51.1 in January from 48.6 in December.
U.K.: The Flash PMI Composite Output Index jumped to 52.4 in January from 49.3 in December.
U.S.: Existing home sales rose 3.6% in December.
U.S.: The Conference Board Leading Economic Index declined in December.
U.S.: Initial jobless claims rose by 6,000 to 211,000 in the week ended January 18, 2020.
EUROZONE: The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment increased in January.
GERMANY: The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment rose sharply in January.
U.K.: The CBI’s index of manufacturing optimism rose in the first quarter of 2020.