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GENERAL ACCOUNTING

Stocks, flows, and woes: The 10 most important economic charts of the week

By Melvin Backman

Stocks

US crude stockpiles are growing again.

China’s foreign exchange reserves are still shrinking.

Flows

Germany’s trade surplus became a little less huge.

Japan’s current account surplus got a little bit larger.

America’s trade deficit got a boost from the new iPhone.

Taiwan’s iPhone export boost is now behind it, unfortunately.

Euro zone retail sales growth is looking pretty solid.

Woes

Inflation is slowing but still sky-high in Russia…

…and in Brazil.

Switzerland has the opposite problem.