By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for January 19, 2020

Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.


  • The CPI rose 0.4% and core CPI increased 0.1% in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Import prices rose 0.9% and export prices increased 1.1% in December, the Bureau of labor Stastistics reported.
  • Retail sales declined 0.7% in December, according to an advance report from the Census Bureau.


  • Initial jobless claims reached 965,000 in the week ended January 9, 2021, according to the Labor Department.


  • As of January 7, 2021, of the 18 S&P 500 Index companies reporting fourth-quarter earnings, 18 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declined to a below-average level in December.
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment dropped to 79.2 in January from 80.7 in December.


  • Eurostat noted that euro area industrial production increased 2.5% in November compared with October.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office found that wholesale prices grew 0.6% in December compared with November.
  • GDP fell by 2.6% in November, according to the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a narrow range.
  • Most districts reported that economic activity rose modestly in December, according to the Federal Open Market Committee’s Beige Book report.


  • A slowdown in the pace of mobility gains globally due to regional virus case spikes will continue to act as a drag on economic recovery.
  • Global leverage, created by pandemic response packages, is at worrisome levels and eventually will need to be paid for.
  • Pandemic and financial repression policies have exacerbated global wealth inequality.