Last year ended almost as bad as it started for industry in Germany and across the euro zone. A poll of purchasing managers conducted by Reuters found an increase in the business slowdown. In November, industry underwent a slight recovery. The Reuters Purchasing Managers Index (EMI) blamed weak demand and related job cuts for a drop from 49 points in December to 46.9 points in December. Economists polled by Reuters had forecasted a level of 48.9 points for the month.