US Services Economy Catches Down To Manufacturing - Slumps To Weakest In 13 Months

Tyler Durden's picture

Following December's disappointing drop in Services PMI data, January's initial print of 53.7 (missing expectations of 54.0) is the weakest since December 2014. It appears the "manufacturing recession doesn't matter" meme was wrong after all. As Markit notes, the survey data paint an inauspicious start to the year for the US economy.


Confirming ISM Servcies drop to May 2014 levels, PMI's drop shows that it appears there is a link between an industrial recession and slowing services...


As Markit notes, the survey data paint an inauspicious start to the year for the US economy.

A struggling manufacturing economy is being accompanied by a services sector where growth showed further signs of losing momentum in January even before the bad weather hit.


“The data are by no means disastrous, signalling a 1.5% annualised rate of economic growth at the start of the year, but the drop in business confidence to one of its lowest levels for over five years suggests that firms are bracing themselves for worse to come. Worries about financial market volatility, the impact of slower growth overseas, a downturn in the energy sector and uncertainty about higher interest rates all took their toll and set the scene for further weakness in coming months.”


The data are by no means disastrous, signalling a 1.5% annualised rate of economic growth at the start of the year."

So the silver lining is - it's not a disaster?

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Dr. Engali's picture

Nobody has any money, no jobs, and the service sector is shrinking, but it's not a disaster. Idiots....

Winston Churchill's picture

More like a catastrophe, so they are sort of right.


Save_America1st's picture

they'll figure out a way how to channel-stuff cheese burgers and burritos eventually, then the numbers will look better. 


Helicopter cheese burgers for everyone!!!

ThaBigPerm's picture

They're passing the crack pipe at the trading desks right now.  Do not disturb.

Save_America1st's picture

If America could just start manufacturing it's own crack pipes again...the recession would be over in 2 weeks.  Damn foreign crack pipe manufacturers taking away good paying American jobs. 

hal10000's picture

Both are impacted because they are joined at the hip.  The idea that there would be limited spillover from one into the other seems to be some pretty irresponsible wishful thinking.  If people in the services sector don't make money, they don't buy stuff.  And if people don't buy stuff, then industrials don't make stuff.

Then again, I just have a lowly mechnanical eningeering degree.  What do I know about the intricacies of the economy when compared to someone with multiple Ivy League (puppy mill) degrees?

Kaiser Sousa's picture

this obviously why the Dow and S&Piss r surging this morning...

Dow 16,000 or bust..........

shutterbug's picture

Definition of words... it seems we invent new or different meanings for words every time they are used.

So Good ... is nowadays ... Bad and the other way around.

Depressions are good economics, Recessions are great, Debt is awesome, and more government is about the best thing in this world.

/sarcasm off

Are there still - some - sane people around?

Silver linings would be good, if real and physical :-)

RadioFlyer's picture
RadioFlyer (not verified) Jan 26, 2016 10:02 AM

You are peddling fiction,sir.  You must hear it from the Horse's mouth:


Obama: Anyone claiming America’s economy is in decline 'peddling fiction'



starman's picture

Barack Hussein's dick just went limp! Not even Muchelle can help it.

Winston Churchill's picture

I may have to use conc. nitric acid to remove that image.

Just as well I have plenty in stock.

RadioFlyer's picture
RadioFlyer (not verified) starman Jan 26, 2016 10:15 AM

They'll just use MOoch's.

ebworthen's picture

The people not working the oil fields or laid off from banks and Walmart aren't going out for coffee, breakfast, or lunch.

Unicorn trainers and Leprechaun catchers is what we need, there should be a degree program!

Chuckster's picture

Well ...shit!  I thought making drinks was going to make us all rich!  Do am I wrong again?  I bought every word the government told me...I thought we were using European fat asses to grease our economy.  Damn!  What would Jack Burton make of this?

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) Jan 26, 2016 10:07 AM

Sex service sector is .... under reported ?

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) Jan 26, 2016 10:10 AM

Mosks and Islamic Cultural Center construction .... is outperforming ?

two hoots's picture

The Fed needed some cover.

Chris P's picture

Don't you know this is a jobless, manufacturing-less, service-less, spendless recovery and if you say anthing contrary you are a liar....

Chuckster's picture

Ya know guys.  QE35 would work as long as the world population thinks the dollar is solid.  The minute people loose faith in the's game over and bend down ...turn around...pick a bail of cotton.

Obama lying to try and save the economy might have been justified (who knows?).  What are we going to do when he runs the world?  UN chairman appointed by president Joe Biden.  Ref: Larry Nichols (soothsayer and clairvoyant aka Bill and Hillary 30+ black ops adviser) in an interview.

lester1's picture

Does the Federal Reserve buy stocks? What would stop them?


Seems like someone is propping up the market today.

Chuckster's picture

Dear Lester:

The market has been a FED experiment for some time (7 years).  I think Soros is responsible for the bad numbers (he seems to be responsible for everything that can't be laid on Obama's doorstep).  He should be severely horse whipped with a goose feather and have a brand put on his forehead.

Signed Abby

Consuelo's picture

Does the Exchange Stabilization Fund buy $Treasuries...?


Does a bear...

commie's picture
commie (not verified) Jan 26, 2016 10:21 AM

So the silver lining is - it's not a disaster? sorry, TD. You were probably hoping for really bad news for the USA economy. 

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Exit through the gift store's picture

Nothing to see here, move along. Its a buying opportumity!!! Stawks R awesome!

moonmac's picture

The one good thing about our new McJob Economy is workers are never more than a 5 mile commute away from their careers at the local strip mall, shopping center or fast food joint.

Bemused Observer's picture

The thing about the services economy is that the services still have to be paid for. If the consumer can't afford a 500 dollar phone, he isn't likely to be spending that on haircuts and day spas...

So it is irrelevant whether we are a service or manufacturing economy...both require a healthy consumer-base. Which we do not have.

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PoasterToaster (not verified) Jan 26, 2016 12:50 PM

The Service Economy is more correctly titled "The Secondary Economy".  The prime mover has always been making things.  And it always will be.

The day they started talking about a Service Economy, the bullshit factor started going exponential.  It was an admission that wealth creation was being offshored.