World economic recovery struggling to gain traction

Feb 20, 2014, 6:23 AM EST
An employee works in a textile factory in Huaibei, east China's Anhui province on October 24, 2013.
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China's vast factory sector contracted again this month and the expected acceleration in euro zone business activity failed to materialize, highlighting the fragile state of a global economy. A survey out of China reinforced concerns of a minor slowdown in the world's second biggest economy while a sister index underscored an ongoing divergence between France, the bloc's second biggest economy, and the rest of the 18-member currency union.

Background:

World economic recovery struggling to gain traction [Reuters]

Downside of low inflation: A weaker global economy [WSJ]

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