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 27, 2020
U.S.: The dollar rose versus other major currencies amid increasing tensions between the U.S. and China.
Central bank policy
JAPAN: The Bank of Japan unveiled a small business lending program as government officials discuss additional economic stimulus.
JAPAN: Exports fell the most since 2009 in April.
CANADA: Wholesale sales fell 2.2% in March.
EUROZONE: Construction output plummeted 14.1% in March.
EUROZONE: The Flash Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index rose to 30.5 in May from 13.6 in April.
GERMANY: The Flash Germany PMI Composite Output Index rose to 31.4 in May from 17.4 in April.
JAPAN: Industrial production declined 3.7% in March.
JAPAN: The Flash Japan PMI Composite Output Index rose to 27.4 in May from 25.8 in April.
U.K.: Producer price inflation fell to -0.7% on the year to April.
U.K.: Retail sales plunged 18.1% in April.
U.K.: The Flash U.K. PMI Composite Output Index climbed to 28.9 in May from 13.8 in April.
U.S.: Housing starts plummeted 30.2% in April.
U.S.: The Flash U.S. PMI Composite Output Index jumped to 36.4 in May from 27.0 in April.
U.S.: Existing home sales dropped 17.8% in April.
U.S.: Initial jobless claims reached 2.4 million in the week ended May 16, 2020.