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U.S. business activity weakens further; euro zone downturn eases slightly

U.S. business activity contracted for a fifth straight month in November as higher interest rates slowed demand but the downturn in euro zone business activity ebbed slightly as the world braces for a recession-hit year ahead, surveys showed on Wednesday. S&P Global said its flash U.S. Composite PMI Output Index, which tracks the manufacturing and services sectors, fell to 46.3 this month from a final reading of 48.2 in October. A reading below 50 indicates contraction in the private sector. Activity is slumping under the weight of the Federal Reserve’s most aggressive interest rate-hiking cycle since the 1980s aimed at curbing inflation by dampening economic demand. By the U.S. central bank’s preferred measure, inflation is still running at more than three times its 2% goal.

News Source:- https://www.reuters.com/article/global-economy-pmi/global-economy-u-s-business-activity-weakens-further-euro-zone-downturn-eases-slightly-idUSL1N32J11Y