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Economic Update

Italy: once in recession, always in recession?

In 14Q3, GDP volume contracted with 0.1% q-o-q. Investment acted as the largest drag on growth. In 2015, GDP volume is expected to grow slowly after three years of contraction, mostly on the back of foreign demand. Unemployment will remain high.

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Belgium: softening domestic demand in 2015

Economic growth in the third quarter of 2014 was 0.3% q-o-q and was mainly supported by private investments and private consumption. Looking forward, domestic demand growth is likely to soften.

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Spain: investment is back, consumption is up

Spain’s economic recovery has strengthened in the third quarter, mainly due to growth in consumption and investment. This also improves next year’s growth outlook. Meanwhile, the external rebalancing is in full swing and government finances are improving.

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France: at last, economic growth

Real GDP growth in France increased by 0.3% q-o-q in the third quarter of 2014. We expect private consumption to keep growing and act as the main driver of growth in 2015.

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Germany: at least, it is no recession

German GDP-growth was weak in the third quarter. It was mainly driven by domestic consumption, while gross capital formation attributed negatively. Going forward, we expect this picture to remain unchanged.

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De aantrekkingskracht van winkelsteden (Dutch)

Bevolkingsomvang is niet de enige factor achter de detailhandelsbestedingen in een gemeente. Concurrentie van elders, de ruimtelijke structuur van het winkelbestand en de aanwezigheid van horeca en andere voorzieningen spelen ook een rol.

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Hoge onzekerheid output gap schattingen gedurende de crisis (Dutch)

De inschatting van de output gap is de afgelopen jaren veelvuldig gereviseerd. Een analyse van de productiefactoren laat zien waarom deze schatting gevoelig is voor conjunctuurinvloeden. Voorzichtigheid bij het gebruik ervan lijkt dan ook geboden.

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MKB Regio Top 40 (Dutch)

De nieuwe MKB Regio top 40 is uit. Daarin rangschikken we de veertig Nederlandse regio’s op basis van de prestaties van het MKB in het afgelopen jaar. Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is de winnaar van 2013!