Monday, May 9, 2011

Global Economic Expansion Eases Sharply in April (Chart) "Weakest pace since recovery began in August 2009"


Global All-Industry Output Index by JPMorgan

Official Statement by JPMorgan April saw growth of the global economy ease sharply for the second successive month to its weakest pace since the recovery began in August 2009. The weaker rate of expansion mainly reflected a significant cooling of business activity growth in the US non-manufacturing sector and further steep contractions in output at both Japanese manufacturers and service providers. The JPMorgan Global All-Industry Output Index plunged to 51.8, well below February's near five-year peak of 59.1. Growth eased in both the global manufacturing and service sectors. The extent of the slowdown in services was especially marked, with the rate of expansion the lowest during the current 21-month period of increase. Growth of manufacturing output fared better, but still slipped to its weakest pace since last September.
● All-industry output in the US rose at the slowest rate in seven months. Growth eased in China, the UK and Brazil, but picked up slightly in the Eurozone and India. The rate of contraction in Japan was the sharpest since March 2009.
● The US saw its rate of expansion remain robust overall – and was still among the best performing nations in both manufacturing and services – but growth eased sharply from the stellar seven-year peak reached in February.
● New Orders Index signalled that the rate of expansion in incoming new business had dipped sharply to its least marked in the current 21-month sequence of growth.
● Employment rose for the thirteenth consecutive month in April, with job creation seen in the manufacturing and service sectors
● Input Prices Index posted 64.9 in April, down further from February's two-and-a-half year peak, but still well above the long-run average of 58.4

Trend The overall increase of global economic expansion has now stopped and pulled back sharply in March and April, after 3 consecutive monthly increases. The short-term trend has been downwards for the past 2 months. The intermediate-term trend reversed to downwards in April. The long-term trend has been downwards in March and April.

Cycle History The JPMorgan Global All-Industry Output Index reached a Post-Great Recession peak of 59.1 in February 2011. An intermediate term cyclical low of 51.7 was set in November 2009. The All-Industry Output Index is a percentage - not a total. More about the Index below the chart.

Chart (Global All-Industry Output Index) Below is a chart of the of the JPMorgan Global All-Industry Output Index from August 2009 through the latest month reported. The Index has been greater than 50, indicating global output is expanding, since August 2009, for 21 consecutive months. The Index peaked in April 2010 at 57.7, which was a 34-month high. A Post-Great Recession peak was subsequently reached in February 2011.

Commentary Global economic expansion continued in March, but at a meager rate. This same trend, a Post-Great Recession peak in February 2011 then a slowing down of expansion in March and April 2011, has been evident with all the PMIs and NMIs reviewed in recent posts:
● USA Manufacturing PMI
● USA Non-Manufacturing (Services) Index
● Global Manufacturing PMI
● Global Non-Manufacturing (Services) Index
In addition to the impact of the earthquake in Japan on Global economic expansion, the continuation of high oil prices is of concern as a drag on further economic growth worldwide.

About The Global Manufacturing & Services PMI (Global All-Industry Output Index) The Global Report on Manufacturing & Services is compiled by Markit based on the results of surveys covering over 11,000 purchasing executives in almost 30 countries. Together these countries account for an estimated 83% of global GDP. Questions are asked about real events and are not opinion based. Data are presented in the form of diffusion indices, where an index reading above 50.0 indicates an increase in the variable since the previous month and below 50.0 a decrease.
Data sources: Country % share of global GDP
United States 28.6
Japan 12.3
China 7.4
Germany 5.0
United Kingdom 4.2
France 3.7
Italy 2.8
Brazil 2.2
India 2.2
South Korea 1.9
Spain 1.8
Australia 1.4
Netherlands 1.1
Russia 1.0
Turkey 0.9
Taiwan 0.8
Switzerland 0.7
Poland 0.6
Hong Kong 0.6
Austria 0.5
South Africa 0.5
Denmark 0.4
Greece 0.4
Israel 0.4
Singapore 0.4
Ireland 0.3
Czech Republic 0.2
New Zealand 0.2
Hungary 0.1

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