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The most important 10 economic charts from a week of pretty good news

By Matt Phillips

Japanese machinery surged, a good sign for business spending

Chinese housing, a top worry for global investors, lost more momentum

Taiwan’s export economy showed signs of gaining strength

 

US consumer debt grew, another sign the great de-leveraging is over

Japan’s newly acquired trade deficit narrowed, but its very existence is still a big change

China’s manufacturing engine continued to look weak, though less weak than before

America’s job market didn’t show major signs of weakening

US existing home sales rose for the first time this year

And US new home sales rebounded too

 Mexico struggled to shake off last year’s sluggish growth in the first quarter