Scary Economic Chart Of The Day: Europe Edition

Stuart Staniford passes along this chart of industrial output in the Eurozone, and the broader EU as a whole:

Eurostat just released figures for industrial new orders for September.  The summary graph is above both for the Eurozone specifically (pink) and the whole EU (black).

In September 2011 compared with August 2011, the euro area (EA17) industrial new orders index fell by 6.4%. In August the index rose by 1.4%. In the EU27 new orders decreased by 2.3% in September 2011, after a fall of 0.3% in August. Excluding ships, railway & aerospace equipment, for which changes tend to be more volatile, industrial new orders dropped by 4.3% in the euro area and by 2.1% in the EU27.

Clearly the September number is a very weak reading and suggests that Europe may now be entering a sharp contraction in the real economy.

If, as this indicates, Europe is already in, or headed into a recession, then the consequences for financial markets, and the United States, could be quite severe.

H/T: Kevin Drum

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Comments

  1. de stijl says:

    Golly, who could have predicted that austerity measures would pinch demand?

  2. Ben Wolf says:

    @de stijl: Indeed. Yet no one out there was warning us that reducing deficits would negatively impact European economies. If only someone had spoken up!

  3. NBH says:

    @Ben Wolf:

    Indeed. Yet no one out there was warning us that reducing deficits would negatively impact European economies. If only someone had spoken up!

    And certainly no one was pointing out how the austerity would not only negatively impact the economies, but also fail to reduce the deficits austerity intended to handle! If only there were some economists who could have predicted and explained that such a negative feedback loop would happen…

  4. Fiona says:

    Long story short–we’re screwed.

  5. A voice from another precinct says:

    Bah, you guys are all just doom and gloom prophets. Any day now, they will find the Pixie Dust mother lode in the Eurozone, the unicorns will be back at their ore trams, and happy days will be here again.

    And all because of the virtues of austerity!