Weekly economic update for July 24, 2023

Weekly economic update for July 24, 2023

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


  • Retail sales rose 0.2% in June compared with May, according to an advance report from the Census Bureau.
  • Industrial production declined 0.5% in June compared with May for a second straight month the Federal Reserve noted.
  • Housing starts fell 8.0% in June compared with May.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 9,000 to 228,000 in the week ended July 15, 2023, according to the Department of Labor.


  • As of July 14, 2023, of the 6% of S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 80% are reporting a positive EPS surprise and 63% reported a positive revenue surprise, according to FactSet.


  • The European Commission’s Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator for the euro area improved in July.


  • Eurostat reported the euro area annual inflation rate declined to 5.5% in June from 6.1% in May.
  • Eurostat found euro area construction production rose by 0.2% in May compared with April.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note traded in a range.


  • 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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