NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Factories in China boosted production this month, but U.S. manufacturing output fell for the first time in four years while the euro zone economy lost momentum, surveys on Thursday showed. The data suggested the world economy is still facing speed bumps as China tries to rebound from a slowdown and as growth in advanced economies remains fragile. One such hurdle was a partial U.S. government shutdown that lasted for the first 16 days of October. This likely disrupted factory output in the world’s largest economy and will probably end up slowing overall U.S. growth in the fourth quarter. According to financial data firm Markit, U.S. factory output contracted in October for the first time since late 2009 and the overall pace of growth was the slowest in a year. Markit chief economist Chris Williamson said the survey “suggests that the disruptions and uncertainty caused by […]