Weekly economic update for August 21, 2023

Weekly economic update for August 21, 2023

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


  • Business inventories were essentially unchanged in June compared with May, the Census Bureau stated.
  • Housing starts rose 3.9% in July compared with June, according to the Census Bureau.
  • Industrial production increased 1.0% in July, the Federal Reserve reported.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 11,000 to 239,000 in the week ended August 12, 2023.


  • As of August 9, 2023, of the 453 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 342 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany recorded a slight increase in August.


  • Eurostat reported euro area industrial production grew 0.5% in June compared with May.
  • Eurostat found euro area GDP grew 0.3% in the second quarter.
  • Germany’s Federal Statistical Office noted wholesale prices fell 0.2% in July compared with June.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose.


  • Deposit flight continues to pressure banks to tighten lending standards, increasing the potential risk of a credit squeeze.
  • Declining liquidity and deteriorating financial conditions, combined with high valuations, are contributing to a substantial uptick in risk asset volatility.
  • Global leverage is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for, at a time when most developed markets are facing a fiscal drag from the end of post-pandemic stimulus.

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