Factory flu is global contagion…(The NWO Business Plan For The Muppets!))

Thursday, August 2, 2012
By Paul Martin

Commentary: The culprit is falling demand

By Kathleen Madigan
MarketWatch.com
Aug. 2, 2012

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Across the world, production lines are shutting down and factory workers’ hours are being cut. A dearth of demand has fallen back on goods producers, suggesting the global slowdown will not turn around soon.

Wednesday brought news that factory activity either downshifted significantly or outright contracted in July. The euro-zone factory recession worsened last month. China posted its weakest official manufacturing reading since November. Readings from Australia and the U.K. were the lowest in at least three years. The Institute for Supply Management said the U.S. factory sector contracted for a second straight month.

The culprit for manufacturers is falling demand.

Germany, a factory powerhouse, reported machinery orders fell for a ninth consecutive month. In Brazil, the orders index dropped for the fourth month in a row. In the U.S., new orders dropped for a second consecutive month.

The problem is that falling demand feeds upon itself. Concerns about the euro-zone debt crisis and China’s past tightening action to slow inflation have led consumers and businesses around the world to cut their spending. Less global demand leaves less work for global manufacturers who, in turn, order fewer supplies and commodities from other producers.

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