The Monday Mix: Nov. 13 – 19, 2023

Top-of-mind economic news as we start the week:

The U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) was flat in October and up just 3.2% annualized over the past 12 months, marking a two-year low.

U.S. retail sales were slightly down in October (minus 0.1%) unadjusted for inflation; this is the first monthly decline since March.

The meeting between Chinese and U.S. presidents Xi-Biden was cordial and ceremonial without seemingly accomplishing much.

Japan’s economy contracted by 2.1% in the third quarter, as both spending and investment declined.

— EU nations reached a major breakthrough to stop shipping plastic waste to emerging market countries.