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Economic Update

France: recovery stuck in the starting blocks

The French economy registered growth of 0.0% in 2014Q1 q-o-q, caused by weak consumer spending, poor business investment and declining net exports. We expect these trends to continue and expect therefore a very modest recovery going forward.

Economic Comment

Nieuw-Zeeland: wederom verhoging van beleidsrente (Dutch)

De centrale bank van Nieuw-Zeeland (RBNZ) heeft op 12 juni de beleidsrente voor de derde keer in vier maanden tijd met 25 basispunten verhoogd naar 3,25%. Het is niet te verwachten dat andere geavanceerde landen snel zullen volgen.

Economic Update

Spain: increasing growth, decreasing inflation

Gradually increasing GDP growth in recent quarters and a further improvement of sentiment show that the Spanish recovery is on a solid footing. However, despite this recovery, inflation remains worryingly low.

Economic Update

Germany: mild winter dominates the figures

The German economy had a strong start of 2014 growing 0.8% q-o-q. The growth acceleration can partly be attributed to the soft winter that boosted construction activity. Therefore we expect a somewhat lower growth figure for the current quarter.