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The week’s 17 most important economic charts

US median incomes remain stuck where they were nearly 25 years ago

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…and US inflation remains quite muted

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The outlook among US homebuilders is brightening

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…even though housing starts disappointed in August, due to weak multifamily housing starts

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Meanwhile, weekly claims for US unemployment benefits continued to signal job market strength

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In the UK, London’s average home price breached £500,000 (more than $815,000)…

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…and British unemployment fell to its lowest level since 2008

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Indian inflation seems to have been tamed, falling to near five-year lows

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In Russia, unemployment hit a record low

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In Europe, final August readings showed deflation is still a threat

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Japan registered its 26th-straight trade deficit

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Sweden’s GDP growth was better than expected in the second quarter

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Israel’s second-quarter growth was softer than first thought

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New Zealand’s economy is growing at its fastest pace in a decade

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Colombian growth slowed in the second quarter, thanks to a weak energy sector

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The Irish economy looks like it is surging

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Remittances to the Philippines, the second-largest receiver of the cash flows, rose 6% year-on-year

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