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

Currency

CHINA: The yuan fell versus the U.S. dollar, hitting a two-week low, amid concerns about the spread of a virus.

Trade

JAPAN: Japan posted a trade deficit for the second consecutive year in 2019.

Growth

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.

Employment trends

U.S.: Initial jobless claims rose by 6,000 to 211,000 in the week ended January 18, 2020.

Inflation/deflation

AUSTRALIA: Inflation expectations advanced to 4.7% in January from 4.0% in December.

CANADA: The CPI rose 2.2% year over year in December.

Market sentiment