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Economic Update Dutch version

Monthly Update The Netherlands

The recent freeze has caused a sharp surge in gas production and this will presumably push growth figures up for the fourth quarter of 2010. With the cold weather, consumers spent more, though not by choice. Consumers still lack confidence, while producers end the year positively.

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Economic Update Spain

We expect the recovery in 2011 to be sluggish, similar to last year. Domestic demand is unlikely to grow robustly, while export boosting gains on the back of increased price competitiveness have hardly been realised. As such, it is important that wage growth does not rise in line with inflation. Though this is bad for purchasing power and consumption, it is necessary for the rebalancing of the economy.

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Economic Update France

The French economy appears to be closing the year strongly in 10Q4, fuelled partly by robust private consumption. When consumers will be restrained in 2011 by austerity measures and slower growth of purchasing power, producers could step in to fill this gap with rising investments. Despite their rising (foreign) order outlook, limited domestic demand and low capacity utilisation mean this scenario is far from certain.

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Economic Update United Kingdom

The recovery had plenty of pace in the closing stages of 2010. That said, the services sector weakened considerably. We expect private consumption to grow robustly in 10Q4. But consumption growth in 2011 will be weak amid the upcoming fiscal squeeze.

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Euro crisis: ‘we’re not like that!’

Investors have been keeping a close watch on the financial situation of a number of eurozone countries since the Autumn of 2009. Financial markets are chiefly concerned about Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

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Basel III: tough but realistic

In November 2010 government leaders endorsed the more stringent bank capital and liquidity requirements,as proposed by the Basel committee. Although the new requirements are to be phased in gradually and will be less tough than initially proposed, the impact of the Basel III accord will nonetheless be considerable.

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Europa uit balans (Dutch)

De Zuid-Europese landen staan onder hervormingsdruk. Flexibilisering van arbeids- en productmarkten krijgt momenteel veel aandacht, maar dit Themabericht toont dat er meer nodig (en in gang gezet) is om de inflatiedruk af te laten nemen en zo de concurrentiepositie van deze landen te versterken.