By the numbers: The global economy this week

Highlights of economic data released last week, from central bank policies to trade and growth trends.

May 20, 2019

Currency

U.K.: Sterling declined versus other currencies, hitting a four-month low, after Brexit talks collapsed.

Growth

CHINA: Industrial production grew 5.4% year over year in April.

EUROZONE: Construction output declined 0.3% in March.

EUROZONE: Industrial production fell 0.3% in March.

EUROZONE: GDP grew 0.4% in the first quarter.

GERMANY: GDP increased 0.4% in the first quarter.

GERMANY: Wholesale prices jumped 2.1% year over year in April.

U.S.: Retail sales fell 0.2% in April.

U.S.: Industrial production declined 0.5% in April.

U.S.: Housing starts rose 5.7% in April.

U.S.: The Conference Board Leading Economic Index increased in April.

Employment trends

AUSTRALIA: The unemployment rate remained steady at 5.1% in April.

AUSTRALIA: The Wage Price Index rose 0.5% in the first quarter.

U.S.: Initial jobless claims fell by 16,000 to 212,000 in the week ended May 11, 2019.

Inflation/deflation

CANADA: Consumer prices rose 2.0% year over year in April.

EUROZONE: Annual inflation rose to 1.7% in April from 1.4% in March.

GERMANY: Consumer prices climbed 2.0% year over year in April.

Market sentiment