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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Global recovery strengthens

The Markit PMI surveys are a good early guide to the behaviour of economies in the previous month.  This chart shows the weighted average of the PMIs for China, Japan, Europe and the US.

It's not all up: France and Russia, for example are slowing.  China and Brazil are stagnating.

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