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Cobbling together the week in economic data.
FALTERING FACTORIES

The 10 most important economic charts of the week

By Melvin Backman

US retail sales growth showed a nice bump in December.

Brazil retail sales, on the other hand, will bum you out.

Americans are creating jobs faster than they’re hiring for them.

The euro zone’s trade surplus remains robust…

…as does Japan current account surplus.

China oil import growth is staying steady.

Russia inflation is still high but coming down.

Factories were faltering from India…

…to Mexico…

…to the UK.