Germany and France hinder industrial activity in the EU in March, despite Spain’s improvement | Economy

The European industry is facing challenges, according to a report from S&P Global and Hamburg Commercial Bank (HCOB), as the industrial production index (PMI) in the euro zone fell in March. This decline reached its worst figure in three months and is attributed to contractions in the economies of Germany and France, the two largest economies on the continent. However, there have been slight improvements in other countries such as Greece, Spain, and Italy.

Despite the overall decline, the Eurozone manufacturing production PMI had its best reading in 11 months in March. This indicates that the sector is not yet in recession, with new orders slowing down at a slower pace and lower burdens on international markets partially offsetting the decline in manufacturing demand.

The Spanish industry is also struggling with a 1.6% decrease in turnover in manufacturing activity. This decline, which is the largest since 2010 without considering the pandemic year, is attributed to economic cooling, rising raw material costs, and geopolitical uncertainty. Entrepreneurs are looking to investment in digitalization and green transition to overcome stagnation in the sector.

The crisis faced by this sector aligns with those of other countries within the euro zone, particularly Germany’s recession. However, Spain’s drop in production is less severe compared to that of other nations on the continent as a whole. Despite these challenges, optimism remains for recovery and growth through strategic investments and innovation within this industry.

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