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Economic Quarterly Report

UK: Recession 'made in Downing Street'

UK's economy has been going sideways since mid-2010 owing to harsh fiscal austerity measures. The release of 12Q1 GDP figure showed that the country entered a technical recession. Going forward, economic recovery is likely to remain tepid.

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Global Economic Outlook: Policy makers rule

The global economy started 2012 reasonably well. We expect there to be a new mild upturn in growth in the second half of the year. But this depends very much on the efforts to deal with the crisis in Europe and economic policy elsewhere in the world.

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Focus: The grass is greener to the East

As a result of its open character, the Dutch economy fluctuates along with the international economic cycle. The Netherlands is now again in recession, while GDP in Germany continues to grow. Is the grass greener in the East?

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Netherlands: Uncertainty continues

Dutch citizens are again facing a package of unprecedented spending cuts and increases in tax and social insurance contributions, at least by Dutch standards. The Spring Agreement should be seen as the start of further budgetary consolidation.

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Economic Update France

Several signals point to a contraction of private consumption in the current quarter. To this end, we can expect GDP to contract in 12Q2. President Hollande cannot significantly alter this outlook despite his preference for a growth-based strategy.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

Both growth and currencies appear to be on the slide in emerging markets around the World. In Brazil, China and India, governments are coming to the fore trying to keep growth at reasonable levels. There are a few scattered bright spots though.

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Economic Update Italy

In the first quarter of 2012, the Italian GDP fell back for the third in a row. Consumer and producer confidence has deteriorated over the past months. This makes it very likely that the recession stretches out into the third quarter of 2012.

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Economic Update United Kingdom

GDP contracted by 0.3% q-o-q in Q1. This means a technical recession is now a reality. Going forward, output will bounce around over the next few quarters due to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

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Economic Update The Netherlands

In the first three months of 2012 the Dutch economy contracted for the third consecutive quarter. Thus the Netherlands is still in recession. Consumption remains low, held back by tax increases and cutbacks combined with low consumer confidence.