By the numbers: The global economy this week
Highlights of economic data released last week, from central bank policies to trade and growth trends.
October 19, 2020
U.K.: The pound rose versus other major currencies amid hopes of further Brexit trade talks.
Central bank policy
U.S.: Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari said the recovery has “flattened out” and more fiscal stimulus is needed.
CANADA: Manufacturing sales dropped 2.0% in August.
EUROZONE: Euro area industrial production rose 0.7% in August compared with July.
GERMANY: Wholesale prices fell 1.8% year over year in September.
JAPAN: Industrial production grew 1.0% in August.
U.S.: The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.4% in September.
U.S.: Retail sales increased 1.9% in September.
GERMANY: The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment declined in October.
U.S.: The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index continued to rebound in September.
U.S.: The University of Michigan’s preliminary index of consumer sentiment rose to 81.2 in October from 80.4 in September.