By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for December 2, 2019   |   Download PDF

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


  • The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that GDP grew 2.1% in the third quarter.
  • New home sales fell 0.7% in October, according to the Census Bureau.
  • The trade deficit narrowed in October, the Census Bureau noted.
  • Durable goods orders rose 0.6% in October, the Census Bureau stated.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 15,000 to 213,000 in the week ended November 23, 2019, according to the Labor Department.


  • Corporate profits increased 0.2% at a quarterly rate in the third quarter after increasing 3.8% in the second quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.


  • The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index declined in November.


  • Eurozone annual inflation rose to 1.0% in November from 0.7% in October, according to Eurostat.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office reported that import prices fell 3.5% year over year in October.
  • The ifo Business Climate Index for Germany increased slightly in November.


  • The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note increased.
  • Most districts reported modest growth in November in the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book report.


  • The cumulative effect of tariffs and low corporate confidence will increase pressure on global manufacturing.
  • Brexit, Italian debt dynamics, and a fragile European banking system risk tipping Europe back into recession.
  • Weak stimulus in China thus far is showing little sign of slowing the pace of deceleration.

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