As the Eurozone recession (which started months ago) worsens, the area's manufacturing activity, as measured by the PMI index, is contracting at a pace not seen since 2009.
Earlier in the recession the periphery nations had the largest impact on the Eurozone contraction. But increasingly the decline is driven by Germany, whose manufacturing PMI is showing a rapid deterioration. It is somewhat surprising, given that we had signs of economic improvements in Germany as recently as May. But the German "decoupling" hopes did not materialize, as the economy is pulled down by the rest of the Eurozone combined with the slowdown in China, one of the nation's largest export markets.
WSJ: - Business activity in the euro zone continued to shrink in July, new orders plunged and German private-sector activity fell at its steepest rate in more than three years, a sign that the euro zone's debt crisis is taking its toll on the region's biggest economy and main source of financial support.There is however one Eurozone country that is bucking the trend in spite of tremendous obstacles. But let's leave that for the next discussion.
The figures suggest the 17-nation euro-zone economy is heading for a period of contraction and recovery is a distant prospect.