The 15 most important charts from a jittery week for the global economy

US job openings surged, though hiring is lagging

US jobless claims rose slightly, but remain quite low by recent standards

US capacity utilization hit a post-crisis high, but still showed no danger of overheating

Even as US retail sales were flat in July

And the world’s largest retailer eked out only a bit of profit growth

US consumer sentiment slipped slightly in August

German economic growth contracted in the second quarter

Putin was weighing on German investor sentiment

And German bond yields fell to fresh all-time lows on Ukraine unrest

The British economy kept up its momentum, growing 0.8% in the second quarter

…As UK unemployment fell to the lowest since since late 2008

Japan’s economy contracted sharply in the second quarter

Chinese bank loans dropped sharply in July after a big boom in June

The Greek depression continued with a 24th consecutive quarter of contraction

Turkish unemployment fell to 8.8%, the lowest since last June

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