As expected, the export channel doesn’t look to be able to save Europe this time around. That leaves only domestic demand and net public sector spending via ‘borrowing to spend’ to do the trick, which doesn’t look all that promising either.
By Scott Hamilton
May 1 (Bloomberg) — A U.K. factory index fell more than economists forecast in April and U.S. manufacturing probably slowed as the world economy stayed reliant on China to drive economic growth.
The gauge of British factory output dropped to 50.5 from 51.9 in March, London-based Markit Economics said today. The median forecast of 27 economists in a Bloomberg News survey was for a decline to 51.5. The Institute for Supply Management’s U.S. index probably eased to 53 last month from 53.4, according to the median of 77 forecasts. A Chinese purchasing managers’ index rose to 53.3 from 53.1. A level above 50 indicates growth.