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MACROECONOMICS: China’s Economy Slows to the Weakest Pace Since 2009

Early signs that China is cushioning its economic slowdown won’t prevent it adding to downward pressures on the global expansion this year.

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MACROECONOMICS: Germany Isn’t Floundering, Despite the Data

After Tuesday’s disappointing industrial output data, the German economy could be headed for a technical recession – two consecutive quarters of negative growth. “Technical,” however, is the operative word; the country isn’t really in trouble, at least not yet, and the worrying data are driven by a single regulatory change that has wreaked havoc on the domestic car industry.

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MACROECONOMICS: German Factory Orders Slip as Euro-Area Demand Deteriorates

German factory orders fell more than expected in November, though the numbers were distorted by airplane orders that masked signs of underlying momentum.

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MACROECONOMICS: German Business Confidence Worsens, Putting Rebound in Doubt

German business sentiment deteriorated further to its lowest level in more than two years as trade tensions and the rising risk of a no-deal Brexit threaten to hamper a meaningful economic rebound from a summer lull.

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MACROECONOMICS: France Exacerbates Euro-Area Slowdown as China Weakness Mounts

A gauge of manufacturing and services in the euro region unexpectedly dropped to its lowest in just over four years in December. While the drop was driven mainly by France where the “Yellow Vests” movement led to a contraction, there’s also signs that underlying momentum is dropping off.

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MACROECONOMICS: Euro zone business growth slows down as year-end nears: PMI

Euro zone business growth was at its weakest pace in over two years last month as a manufacturing-led slowdown showed further signs of spreading to the service industry, a survey showed on Wednesday.

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MACROECONOMICS: Euro-Area Economy Puts Another Dent in ECB Hopes for Rebound

The euro-area economy stumbled again this month, with a key indicator falling to the lowest in four years, denting expectations for an economic pickup after a summer slowdown.

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MACROECONOMICS: Japan's economy contracts in third quarter, trade war clouds rebound outlook

Japan’s economy shrank more than expected in the third quarter, hit by natural disasters and a decline in exports, a worrying sign that trade protectionism is starting to take its toll on overseas demand.

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