By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for September 16, 2019   |   Download PDF

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


  • The CPI increased 0.1% and core CPI rose 0.3% in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand advanced 0.1% in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.
  • Import and export prices both declined in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted.
  • Retail sales grew 0.4% in August, the Census Bureau stated.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 15,000 to 204,000 in the week ended September 7, 2019, the Labor Department reported.


  • As of September 5, 2019, of the 496 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 366 — or 73.8% — beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment rose to 92.0 in September from 89.8 in August.


  • Eurostat reported that industrial production fell 0.4% in July.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office stated that exports jumped 3.8% year over year in July.
  • The Office of National Statistics noted that the trade deficit narrowed in the United Kingdom in the three months to July.
  • Consumer prices in Germany rose 1.4% year over year in August, the Federal Statistical Office found.


  • The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose.
  • The European Central Bank decided to cut interest rates and restart its bond purchasing program.


  • The cumulative effect of tariffs and low corporate confidence will increase pressure on global manufacturing.
  • Brexit, Italian debt dynamics, and the re-emergence of populism 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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