China index: Weaker growth on weaker foundations

July 2, 2013

China’s economy remains gloomier than this time last year as lower export growth and rail freight volumes make a grim follow-up to poor PMI readings. Sales of property, luxury liquor and posh cars prevent a steeper fall, but these are not the bright spots China needs or wants.

Japan index: markets put speed bump in Abe’s path

July 9, 2013

For the first time in six months, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic experiment stumbled in May amidst skittish stock and bond markets. But the drop in the Breakingviews Abenomics Index to 93.8, from 94.4 in April, may be temporary as deflation continues to ease.