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U.S. economy slows, but Europe’s picks up, raising hopes world will avoid recession

By David Harrison and Paul Hannon

24 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Until recently, economists expected Europe to slide into recession — and to take the global economy with it. But as the WSJ reports, recent positive news suggests Europe may avoid a contraction.

Two of the world’s largest economies moved in opposite directions at the start of the year, with U.S. businesses reporting further declines in activity in January while the eurozone saw a modest pickup.

The divergence suggests that while the U.S. economy continues to lose momentum, Europe’s could be stabilizing, at least for now. The pace of contraction in U.S. firms slowed in January, according to new business surveys released Tuesday, a possible signal that the economy could be bottoming out, thanks to slowing inflation and resilient demand.

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