China, Europe and U.S. business activity disappoints in April

April 23, 2015 3:11 PM

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LONDON/SYDNEY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Business activity weakened in China and Japan in April and growth slowed in Europe and the U.S., suggesting the global economy may be less robust than policymakers are predicting.

In China, where the government has been engineering a rebalancing of its economy towards domestic spending and away from reliance on exports of manufactured goods, the preliminary purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to a one-year low of 49.2 from 49.6, according to data from HSBC/Markit. Economist...

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