RaboResearch - Economic Research

Country Report

Kuwait (Country report)

The turmoil in the Arab world had little impact on Kuwait, although concerns of contagion remain. A large risk lies in the political sphere, wherefrictions severely hamper economic reforms. Economic growth is estimated at 5% in 2012.

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Libya (Country report)

Libya has been successful in rebuilding the oil fields that were damaged during the revolution and subsequent civil war. As a result, economic recovery will be more rapid than previously anticipated.

Economic Update

Economic Update Belgium

Several indicators pointed to a mild GDP contraction in 12Q2, but the actual shrinkage was larger than expected. The weak investment climate and low sentiment levels of both consumers and producers do not bode well for a recovery in the short term.

Economic Update

Economic Update Spain

Austerity measures are clearly having an adverse effect on economic activity. After a relatively modest pace of contraction in the first half of the year, we expect the pace of decline in economic activity to pick up in the second half.

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Poland (Country report)

Growth in Poland is expected to be 2-3% for 2012. But an escalation of eurozone problems will affect Poland. While the internal market will provide some cushion, the room for stimulus measures is smaller than during the last crisis.

Economic Update

Economic Update Emerging Markets

Emerging markets worldwide are affected by the economic fallout of the eurozone crisis and lackluster performance elsewhere. Some are still beating this trend, though, while the economic clouds in Mexico and Poland have silver linings.

Economic Update

Economic Update the Netherlands

In the second quarter, the Dutch economy grew by 0.2% compared to the previous quarter. The Dutch economy continued to depend on international trade, while the domestic demand remained very weak.