This morning there was a round of European economic data which showed that regardless of whether Italian and Spanish bonds trade up or down by 100 bps on any given day, the continent remains deeply mired in recession. First we got Dutch June Industrial Production (a AAA country), which slid from -0.3% to -0.6%, on expectations of an increase, then this was repeated with Italian June Industrial Production which also missed estimates printing at at -1.4% in June, a drop from +1.0%, and below the estimate of -1.05%, followed by UK Industrial production which collapsed, IP sliding from 1.0% to -2.5%, the biggest one month drop since November 2008, but modestly better than expectation which is what apparently drove the GBP higher - the market: always the optimist. And then the cherry on top was German factory orders which plunged from 0.7% to -1.7%, missing expectations of a -0.8% print. Completing the sad economic picture was Italian Q2 3GDP which which was essentially unchanged at -0.7% compared to Q1's -0.8%. Goldman was certainly not happy with Italian data: "The recessionary dynamic is likely to mechanically weaken tax revenues this year, creating hurdles for the fiscal consolidation that is otherwise well underway... We believe that the domestic economy - in particular private sector consumption and investment - currently faces strong headwinds (fiscal adjustment, financing conditions) that may end up harming sequential growth dynamics by more than we currently foresee."