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Twelve important new charts that tell the story of the global economy

August 22, 2014
August 22, 2014

China’s industrial economy showed signs of slowing down

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…as the Chinese housing market showed more deterioration

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And China has weighed on commodity suppliers like Chile, where growth is slowing

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A slight decline in orders from China also slowed Taiwanese exports

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Elsewhere in Asia, growth in Thailand returned after the May coup

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And Japan continues to run deep trade deficits, in a departure from decades of policy

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Meanwhile, in the US, inflation is still tame

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…amid ongoing improvement in the housing sector

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…and persistently weak wage growth

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Across the pond, a similar slump in wages has kept British retail sales slow

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…and even surging London house prices seemed to pause

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Caution continues to reign in Europe, amid uncertainty in Ukraine and a deflation scare. Investors have snapped up government bonds in a rush for safety that has even pushed shorter maturity German bonds into negative territory.

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