Manufacturing Contracting Globally
Global manufacturing recession continued in February. From the Institute for Supply Management, the USA is in the 13th consecutive month of contraction:
The manufacturing index for Germany, Europe’s largest economy, was at 32.1 in February, lower than the initially reported 32.2, according to a separate report. Italy’s dropped to 35 from 36.1 and the French gauge declined to 34.8 from 37.9, less than the initial estimate.
The International Monetary Fund predicts the euro area economy will contract 2 percent this year.
In Korea, industrial output shark 26% in January, the largest decline even (statistics available since 1970). A one month period is not very significant but with a 26% decline that is still huge. And the December decline was 19%
China appears to be slowing the least of any sizable manufacturer:
It was the third straight month that the PMI came in higher than the month before, which provided some hope that China’s economy, which grew at its slowest pace in seven years in the fourth quarter of 2008, might be starting to stabilize. But economists are far from declaring an economic rebound.