The 35 economic charts from May you really should see

Japanese inflation shot higher in April, thanks to the impact of tax hikes

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South Africa’s GDP shrank, amid contraction in the mining sector


Korean exports drove another massive current account surplus in April

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Ireland’s real estate rebound continued, with April property prices up 8.5%

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German manufacturing orders shrank sharply in March

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Germany’s job market was surprisingly weak in May


European banks cut lending further, a major drag on growth

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French unemployment hit another record

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Brazil’s economy eked out 0.2% growth in the first quarter


US consumer sentiment slipped in May, with a gloomy view on wage growth


India’s economy remained sluggish, amid the worst slowdown in decades


US first-quarter growth worse than first thought, but markets shrugged it off

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Japanese machinery orders surged, a good sign for business spending

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

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Taiwan’s export economy showed signs of gaining strength

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

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

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

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Weekly claims data showed US job market momentum continues

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US existing home sales rose for the first time this year

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And US new home sales rebounded too

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

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


April US retail sales slowed down after a big March jump

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US small business optimism hit a post-crisis high


UK unemployment hit a five-year low

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Euro zone first-quarter GDP growth was disappointing


US student debt continues to grow

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…But Americans are still avoiding credit card debt


Japanese first-quarter GDP grew sharply


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US housing starts jumped, with gains in apartment building


US inflation rose, on higher gas and food prices


…Amid sharp increases in some items, such as beef


In April the US crept closer—within 120,000 jobs—to recovering all the jobs lost during the Great Recession

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