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Economic Update

Economic Update Germany

Sentiment indicators point toward solid growth in 13Q1, but the hard data is less convincing. Moreover, major producer confidence indicators decreased recently, indicating a slowdown of growth. Thankfully, consumers remain positive.

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Economic Update Italy

GDP contracted sharply in 12Q4 due to weak domestic demand. Timely indicators point to a continued weak momentum. The formation of a grand coalition government is viewed positively by investors but does not imply political instability is over.

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Economic Update Spain

The first estimate of the GDP figure showed that the recession continued during 13Q1. However, there is also more positive news. The rise of the jobless rate seems to slow down and the drop in inflation might put downward pressure on wage growth.

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Economic Update The Netherlands

Export growth cannot counterbalance the depressed domestic demand. The unseasonably long and cold winter, however, has increased production and consumption of natural gas.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

Economic growth is slowing down in Emerging Markets. In China, GDP growth slowed to 7.7% yoy in 1Q13, while Brazil's industrial production figures for February were disappointing. However, growth is still expected to be slightly higher than in 2012.

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Country Report Croatia

Croatia will join the European Union on July 1st, 2013, but its accession is unlikely to bring about short-term relief from its economic problems. Its economy is expected to remain in recession this year, as domestic and external demand stay weak.

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Country Report Spain

Given the weak economic outlook and high unemployment, it will remain a tough challenge for the government to push through its austerity and reform agenda. Regarding structural reforms that improve long term potential growth, Spain remains on track.

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Country Report Luxembourg

Although Luxembourg’s austerity effort is limited, in combination with the slow recovery in the eurozone, it will hamper economic growth during 2013. Supervisory reforms might have an impact on its position in the international financial sector.

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Country Report France

The recent decennium shows a gradual deterioration of the strength of the private sector. President Hollande has shown he is willing to address this, but we seriously doubt whether his reforms will be sufficient to change France’s economic model.

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Country Report Greece

In November 2012, the Troika relaxed Greece’s budget and privatization targets and there was a deal to bring down the government debt. Although positive, we still believe a further debt restructuring is necessary to make the debt more sustainable.

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Country Report Portugal

Implementation of Portugal’s bailout program remains broadly on track. Considerable progress has been made, especially regarding the implementation of structural reforms. That said, we stress that political stability must not be taken for granted.

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Country Report Canada

The budgetary problems of the US government could affect Canada significantly. Furthermore, the continuing strength of the Canadian dollar is weighing on exports. Domestic risks stem from high household indebtedness and a slowing housing market.

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Sweden (Country report)

Sweden experienced a very robust economic recovery and the current momentum bodes well for a continuation of this trend. Given the sound position of public finances, future harsh austerity measures are no direct necessity. Besides that, the Swedish economy is characterized by very strong fundamentals.