With exports sagging it’s looking to me like:
Germany is going to need more public or private sector deficit spending to support sales and employment, while the French deficit may be large enough to stabilize their economy, albeit at far too low levels of output and employment.
June 21 (Markit) — Flash Composite Output Index at 48.5 in June from 49.3 in May, Flash Services Activity Index at 50.3 from 51.8, Flash Manufacturing PMI at 44.7 from 45.2, and Flash Manufacturing Output Index at 44.9 from 44.6. Reduced business activity reflected a marked fall in manufacturing production in June. Meanwhile, service sector activity was close to stagnation during the latest survey period. The latest drop in incoming new work reflected reductions in both the manufacturing and service sectors. Manufacturers indicated a steep and accelerated downturn in new export business during June, with the pace of reduction the fastest since April 2009.
June 21 (Markit) — Flash Composite Output Index rises to 46.7 in June from 44.6 in May, Flash Services Activity Index climbs to 47.3 from 45.1, Flash Manufacturing PMI rises to 45.3 from 44.7, and Flash Manufacturing Output Index increases to 45.2 from 43.6. Slower falls in activity were recorded in both the manufacturing and service sectors during June. This mirrored similar moderations in the respective rates of decline in new business. Panellists indicated that clients remained hesitant in committing to new contracts amid an uncertain economic climate, although some respondents noted greater numbers of client enquiries and sales of new products.