LONDON: The US – China trade was is pushing the global economy towards a recession according to economic data published this last week.

A poll by the Institute for Supply Management has pointed to the second consecutive month of contraction in the American manufacturing industry and the pace of expansion was the slowest for a decade.

Similar polls of the services sector in the US, UK and Germany on Thursday is causing one of the biggest worries for economists.

Manufacturing data from China, the United States and Europe has weakened to record levels in September, economists argue that a downward trend could be expected to continue until at least the first quarter of 2020.