By the numbers: The global economy this week
Highlights of economic data released last week, from central bank policies to trade and growth trends.
March 18, 2019
U.K.: The British pound declined versus other major currencies after Parliament voted to extend the deadline for Brexit.
Central bank policy
CHINA: The Industrial Producer Price Index increased 0.1% year over year in February.
EUROZONE: Industrial production rose 1.4% in January.
GERMANY: Industrial production declined 0.8% in January.
U.K.: Industrial output fell by 0.8% in the three months to January.
U.K.: Services output increased 0.5% in the three months to January.
U.K.: GDP grew 0.2% in the three months to January.
U.S.: Retail sales climbed 0.2% in January.
U.S.: Business inventories increased 0.6% in December.
U.S.: The Producer Price Index for final demand rose 0.1% in February.
U.S.: New orders for durable goods increased 0.4% in January.
U.S.: Construction spending jumped 1.3% in January.
U.S.: New home sales dropped 7.0% in January.
AUSTRALIA: The Melbourne Institute Inflation Expectation survey increased in March.
CHINA: The CPI rose 1.5% year over year in February.
EUROZONE: Annual inflation increased to 1.5% in February from 1.4% in January.
GERMANY: Consumer prices grew 1.5% in February from a year earlier.
U.S.: Both the CPI and core CPI increased in February.
AUSTRALIA: The National Australia Bank Business Confidence Index declined in March.
U.S.: The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index improved in February.
U.S.: The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment jumped to 97.8 in March from 93.8 in February.