The economic impact of the growing coronavirus outbreak is shifting from service-driven industries such as hotels and restaurants to the manufacturing sector on both sides of the Atlantic, leading to a synchronised shutdown of heavy industry that historians and industry experts say is unlike any seen since the 1940s.

Carmakers in the US and Europe are idling plants in response to the crisis, echoing the industrial shutdown in China that reverberated through global supply chains earlier this year and adding to the case that a global recession may already be under way...

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