Silver linings chartbook: The 10 most important economic charts of the week

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Dark clouds

Japan’s economy started shrinking again

…and its trade figures are getting softer

Taiwanese exports are also hurting

South African inflation rose a bit for the wrong reasons

Brazilian unemployment hit a five-year high

Silver(ish) linings

Russian unemployment is—cough coughremarkably stable

US inflation is holding steady (thanks to high rents)

UK inflation is doing the same

Mexico is slowing down but not by much

The euro zone’s trade surplus continued in earnest