By the numbers: The economy this week

Update for October 14, 2019   |   Download PDF

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


  • The CPI remained stable in September while core CPI increased 0.1%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased 0.3% in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
  • The Federal Reserve noted that consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 5.25% in August.


  • Initial jobless claims decreased by 10,000 to 210,000 in the week ended October 5, 2019, according to the Labor Department.


  • As of October 2, 2019, of the 22 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 18 beat analysts' estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index dipped in September.
  • The University of Michigan's index of consumer sentiment rose to 96.0 in October from 93.2 in September.


  • Germany's Federal Statistical Office noted that industrial production increased 0.3% in August.
  • Factory orders slipped 0.6% in August, according to Germany's Federal Statistical Office.
  • The United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics noted that GDP grew 0.3% in the three months to August.


  • The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose.
  • For future rate adjustments, Federal Reserve policy makers in September agreed that they would assess "realized and expected economic conditions" relative to its employment and inflation objectives.


  • 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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