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You really should see these 13 important economic charts of the week

By Matt Phillips
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Russia’s trade surplus jumped in March, as imports collapsed

April US retail sales slowed down after a big March jump

US small business optimism hit a post-crisis high

UK unemployment hit a five-year low

Euro zone first-quarter GDP growth was disappointing

US student debt continues to grow

…But Americans are still avoiding credit card debt

Japanese first-quarter GDP grew sharply

Brazilian retail sales shrank outright in March

US housing starts jumped, with gains in apartment building

US jobless claims hit a post-crisis low, a very good sign

US inflation rose, on higher gas and food prices

…Amid sharp increases in some items, such as beef

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