STATISTILISTICLE

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

By Matt Phillips

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