Attempting to quantify Japanese quake's economic toll

03/31/2011 | TIME (subscription required)

A new purchasing managers' index report shows the damage to the Japanese economy caused by last month's earthquake and tsunami. The Markit/JMMA index, which measures the strength of Japan's manufacturing sector, fell 6.5 percentage points, the largest month-on-month slump ever. "I can't see the Japanese economy returning to anything that looks like normalcy for some time," writes Michael Schuman.

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