Skip to comments.EU: German economic data is a 'catastrophe', say economists
Posted on 11/06/2012 7:44:49 PM PST by bruinbirdman
German factory orders recorded their biggest drop for a year according to figures that lead a raft of economic data from Spain, France and Italy, that underscored the advancing debt crisis.
The German finance ministry said factory orders were down 3.3pc in September from the month before shocking economists who had forecast a 0.4pc drop, according to Bloomberg poll.
Taken with figures showing German business confidence has fallen to the lowest in two-and-a-half years, the data was described as a catastrophe and very bad news by Thomas Harjes, European economist at Barclays in Frankfurt. We have a huge problem in the rest of the euro area that now seems to be reaching Germany and its labour market, he said. For the coming quarters, the economic outlook is quite gloomy.
Fresh data from Markit Economics showed that the eurozones combined output of the manufacturing and services sector fell at the fastest pace since June 2009. The composite PMI for the 17 member states fell to 45.7 in October, down from 46.1 in September. It was the nineth consecutive monthly fall.
Politicians continued to argue over the rescue mechanisms. Germanys wiseman panel of economic advisers said the European Central Banks radical bond buying programme - the prospect of which has underpinned the markets since the summer - should only be used in an emergency and should not be relied upon as a permanent method for economic stabilisation.
Spain is braced for the European Commission to axe its forecast growth for the country after El Pais obtained a draft of the predictions. According to the Spanish newspaper, the EC, which is due to publish figures tomorrow has changed its forecast for 2013 GDP from 0.5pc to 1.5pc
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That’s a continent that isn’t letting a beneficial crisis go to waste, to be sure. They already have 11 countries for the London-killing financial transaction tax, and a plan to do a “two-speed Europe” all ready to go.
I think it meant to say the EC forecast for Spain was cut from 1.5 to 0.5%.
The word ‘catastrophe’ has been bandied about in every conceivable scenario for so long it has virtually lost all meaning.