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Michelin Issues Cautious Outlook

From the Wall Street Journal (subscription required):

The recent world economic recovery is shaky and could soon fade, one of Michelin’s non-general managing partners said Wednesday. Despite “the euphoria we have seen in the past weeks…we never had these signals [of recovery] and we still don’t have them,” Jean-Dominique Senard said in an interview. “The prospects in the coming weeks are not good.”

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The Cash for Clunkers programs in the US and Europe have undoubtably benefited third quarter tire demand, and with inventories so low, that has translated into stronger production levels. But the question of the hour is whether demand will hold after November. Without a more sustained recovery in consumer spending, the third quarter recovery will become a blip in a continuing downturn.

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