Bad weather and weak demand from the crisis-hit eurozone left Britain’s manufacturing sector contracting for a second successive month in March.
Despite a small pick-up in the monthly survey of industry from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and Markit, the index of activity remained below the recession cut-off point of 50.
Courtesy of a Barclays Capital email here are the latest unemployment numbers in Europe.
Euro Area: +0.2 to 10.4% based on slight upward revisions in November, September, August. This was the 8th consecutive rise.
Austria 4.1% unchanged
Belgium: 7.2% unchanged
Finland 7.6% unchanged
France 9.9% +0.1
Germany: 5.5% -.1
Italy 8.9% +0.1
Ireland 14.5% +0.1
Netherlands 4.9% unchanged
Portugal 13.6% +0.4
Slovakia: 13.4% -.1 to
Spain 22.9% unchanged
The Markit Eurozone Composite PMI Final Data shows the Eurozone downturn accelerates.
Final Eurozone Composite Output Index: 47.9 (Flash 47.3, January 48.6)
Final Eurozone Services Business Activity Index: 47.9 (Flash 47.3, January 48.6)
In what should have been expected, but somehow wasn't, Eurozone weakness is across the board except for Ireland bucking the trend for now.
Markit says Eurozone Composite PMI® Signals New Recession in Eurozone
Key Points for March
Markit Eurozone Services and Composite PMIs show renewed contraction due to drop in services activity, making it extremely difficult to deny that Europe is in a recession. Let's take a look at some numbers.
Markit Eurozone Composite PMI®
The ECB, IMF, EMU, and EU are on the verge of multiple emergency meeting, if indeed meetings are not already underway. A quick check of the following bond spread tables and today's yield action will explain.
Across the board, yields and spreads widened significantly today. Note in particular the jump in the 2-year bond yield of Belgium.
Sovereign Debt Table 10-Year Bonds