Weekly economic update for October 4, 2021

Weekly economic update for October 4, 2021

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


  • GDP grew 6.7% in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported in its third estimate.
  • Durable goods orders increased 1.8% in August, the Census Bureau stated in an advance report.
  • Pending home sales jumped 8.1% in August, the National Association of Realtors found.


  • Initial jobless claims rose 11,000 to 362,000 in the week ended September 25, 2021, according to the Department of Labor.


  • Corporate profits increased 10.5% in the second quarter after increasing 5.1% in the first quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.


  • The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index declined in September.
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment rose to 72.8 in September from 70.3 in August.


  • The European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Indicator for the euro area remained broadly stable in September compared with August, with industry confidence at its second-highest level on record.
  • The GfK Consumer Sentiment Study for Germany rose in September, approaching pre-Covid levels.
  • Germany’s import prices rose 1.4% in August compared with July, according to the Federal Statistical Office.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose.


  • Divergent vaccination rollout timelines and virus mutations risk could cause a shift from a synchronized global recovery to a more fractured regional, multispeed recovery.
  • Global leverage, created by pandemic response packages, is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for.
  • A shift from “just in time” to “just in case” inventory models could exacerbate supply chain concerns.

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