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
U.K.: Sterling declined versus other currencies, hitting a four-month low, after Brexit talks collapsed.
Central bank policy
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.
GERMANY: Economic sentiment decreased in May.
U.S.: The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose in April.
U.S.: The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment increased to 102.4 in May from 97.2 in April.