The survey, which dates back to 1974, saw its overall score drop from minus 1 to minus 12 - the sharpest
month-by-month fall since March 1990.
State Bank of India has reported its sharpest
drop in profit since 2011.
The percentage of firms reporting higher workloads than lower workloads rose by 23% in the three months to June - the sharpest
increase in the UK.
China posted the sharpest
increase in output for 15 months, while India saw the steepest expansion since February 2013.
Last month's rise in new business was the sharpest
since the survey began in 2002.
According to the Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking North East PMI report - a seasonally adjusted index that measures the combined output of the region's manufacturing and service sectors - growth was supported by the sharpest
intake of new business since March 2010, although employment levels rose at only a modest pace.
Apart from Germany and Sweden, Israel recorded the sharpest
increase in the number of citizens who are at risk of plunging into poverty when compared with the EU states, Al-Alam reported.
7 per cent gain on the week, the sharpest
weekly rise in 21 months, buoyed by a surprise move by the US Federal Reserve by sticking to its monetary stimulus.
Summary: Oil prices staged a moderate rebound Friday, a day after their sharpest
drop in more than seven months.
Washington, Jumada II 6, 1434, Apr 16, 2013, SPA - Gold prices have suffered their sharpest
fall since the 1980s, heightening fears among investors that the precious metal's decade-long bull run has ended.
New export orders received at Saudi Arabian nonoil producing private sector firms rose further in December and at the sharpest
rate in 17 months, according to a survey.
Summary: The price of gasoline saw the sharpest
increase this week, rising by LL400, according to the Energy and Water Ministry's latest price list update.