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The 35 economic charts from May you really should see

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

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

French unemployment hit another record

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

Japanese machinery orders 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

Weekly claims data showed US job market momentum continues

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

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 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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