Global economic slowdown: is China really to blame?
In the last few months, China has become the fall guy for poor corporate results. Companies whose numbers haven’t quite lived up to expectations have used the same tactic: blame it on China.
Jaguar Land Rover’s interim results statement (31 Oct 2018): “The results primarily reflect lower than expected sales mainly due to more difficult market conditions experienced in China”.
Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple (2 Jan 2019): “most of our revenue shortfall to our guidance and over 100% of our year-over-year worldwide revenue decline occurred in Greater China”.
Tech giant Nvidia’s earnings update (28 Jan 2019): “Deteriorating macroeconomic conditions, particularly in China, impacted consumer demand…
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