Economic indicators are statistics about the economy. For example, unemployment rate, inflation, and GDP grown are all economic indicators. These statistics provide a means of analysis of the economic market and can help to predict future performance. Our Economic Overview page highlights key economic market indicators, such as U.S. Unemployment Rate, CPI Growth, and GDP Growth, along with links to select economic news stories.
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Economic data is provided for the United States, Canada, Eurozone, and the United Kingdom. These tables lists the key indicators that affect the economy, including the Unemployment rate, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Consumer Price Index (CPI), Producer Price Index (PPI), and Core Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE).
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the value of goods and services produced by a particular country within a particular time period. The GDP growth rate is a measure of the changes in value of the goods/services produced by a country. .
The change in price level of goods and services purchased by households is measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Prices for a sample of representative items are collected periodically and tracked over time, creating a price index. The annual percentage change in the consumer price index is used as a measure of inflation.
One of several price indices, the Producer Price Index (PPI Index) measures the average changes in prices received by domestic producers for their output. The PPI Index is often used as a predictor of consumer price index. In theory, the price increases incurred by retailers will be passed on to the consumer, thereby affecting the CPI. Investors will sometimes watch the Producer Price Index, then, in an attempt to determine upcoming movements in the CPI.
Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) is a measure of goods and services consumed by individuals. The Personal Consumption Expenditures price index is also called the PCE deflator, and indicates the average increase in price for all personal consumption. Where the Consumer Price Index (CPI) uses only one set of expenditure weights for many years, the Personal Consumption Expenditure uses data from both the current and preceding periods.