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CPI, GDP, etc.: The 10 most important economic charts of the week

By Melvin Backman

CPI

Cheap oil is keeping US inflation nailed down

Prices aren’t rising any faster in the UK…

…but they’re soaring in Brazil

GDP

Japan just entered its fourth recession in five years

Nigeria’s economic slowdown took a break

Etc.

British retail sales slowed down this month but are still looking pretty good

Russian retail sales are still rotten

Switzerland just hauled in a record trade surplus

Japanese exports’ growth just joined imports in negative territory

Americans are building homes at a pretty solid rate