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Fernando Soberania, center, uses a tool to scrape layers of gum from Seattle, Washington's famous "gum wall" at Pike Place Market.
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The end of an era… or is it?

BRIC-a-brac: The 10 most important economic charts of the week

The BRICs…

Brazilian retail sales got worse

Russia’s economy got a little less awful

India’s industrial production is grinding higher, but September was a rough month

China’s import figures continue to deteriorate

…and the brac

US retail sales growth is slowing down

Money is still gushing into Japan

Germany’s still running huge trade surpluses

UK wage growth took a turn for the worse

Euro zone GDP growth is foundering

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