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Economic Update

Economic Update France

The sound performance in recent quarters reflects the stability of the French economy. In the eurozone, France functions as a bastion of moderate economic growth. That said, harsh austerity measures will weigh on domestic demand in the coming years.

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Government Finances: Reforms or cuts?

The current Dutch government has booked the Prime Minister’s official residence called ‘the Catshuis’ for three weeks to agree on billions in new spending cuts. The Dutch government says restructuring government finances is the answer to the crisis.

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Netherlands: Always look on the bright side

The Dutch economy is back in recession. After a quarter-on-quarter contraction in the third quarter of 2011, the size of the Dutch economy shrank by 0.7% in the last quarter of 2011. It is expected to pick up again in the course of 2012.

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Global Economic Outlook: Cautious optimism?

The global economy is performing better than most feared. But there are still many headwinds that can choke the recovery. The good news is that the downside risks may be mitigated by adequate fiscal and monetary policy measures.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

The emerging markets are almost all losing their growth momentum. Even China, which has been the light at the end of the tunnel for a couple of years, is now reducing its growth target to below 8%.

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Economic Update Spain

The Spanish economy contracted by 0.3% q-o-q in the last quarter of 2011. We expect a further contraction in the first quarter of the current year. Government spending cuts and tax hikes will have a negative impact on domestic demand this year.

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Economic Update United Kingdom

The UK GDP contracted by 0.2% q-o-q in 11Q4. On a positive note, household spending finally grew after 4 quarters of contraction. Going forward, falling inflation may result in stronger consumer spending.

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Economic Update The Netherlands

In the fourth quarter of 2011, the Dutch economy contracted by 0.7% in real terms compared to the previous quarter. As this was the second successive quarterly contraction, statistically, the Dutch economy is in recession.