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The 15 most important charts from a jittery week for the global economy

August 17, 2014
August 17, 2014

 US job openings surged, though hiring is lagging

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US jobless claims rose slightly, but remain quite low by recent standards

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US capacity utilization hit a post-crisis high, but still showed no danger of overheating

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Even as US retail sales were flat in July

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And the world’s largest retailer eked out only a bit of profit growth

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US consumer sentiment slipped slightly in August

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 German economic growth contracted in the second quarter

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Putin was weighing on German investor sentiment

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And German bond yields fell to fresh all-time lows on Ukraine unrest

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The British economy kept up its momentum, growing 0.8% in the second quarter

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…As UK unemployment fell to the lowest since since late 2008

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Japan’s economy contracted sharply in the second quarter

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Chinese bank loans dropped sharply in July after a big boom in June

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The Greek depression continued with a 24th consecutive quarter of contraction

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Turkish unemployment fell to 8.8%, the lowest since last June

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