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Economic Comment

UK: Osborne loses his cherished AAA

Moody’s decision to downgrade the UK’s government bond rating should not come as a surprise to investors. That said, the lower rating is a huge blow for Mr. Osborne since his austerity plan was partly based on maintaining the AAA-rating of the UK.

Economic Comment

Duitsland: slecht uiteinde, sterk begin (Dutch)

De Duitse economie is in het vierde kwartaal van 2012 met 0,6% gekrompen door een forse teruggang in de buitenlandse vraag naar Duitse goederen. Stemmingsindicatoren wijzen op een herstel van de economie in 2013.

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Eurozone’s growth disappoints in 12Q4

The eurozone GDP contracted by 0.6% q-o-q in the final quarter of 2012. Sentiment indicators suggest the economy will fare better in 13Q1, but we do not expect growth to pick up strongly in 2013 amid severe economic headwinds.

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Thou shalt not beggar-thy-neighbour

The G7 statement released today was aimed at addressing concerns over a fresh round of global currency wars. It is vital that the world leaders denounce beggar-thy-neighbour policies at the upcoming G20 meeting in Moscow as well.

Economic Update

Conjunctuurbeeld Frankrijk (Dutch)

De Franse economie kende een zwak 12K4. Wij verwachten een milde BBP-krimp. Daarnaast valt op dat de stemmingsindicatoren van januari een verslechtering laten zien, dit in tegenstelling tot de lichte verbetering in andere eurozone landen.

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Conjunctuurbeeld Verenigd Koninkrijk (Dutch)

Het BBP van de VK kromp in 12K4. Met een daling van de werkloosheid naar 7,7% blijft de arbeidsmarkt positief verrassen. Naar verwachting zal de inflatie verder stijgen. Er zijn signalen dat het 'Funding for Lending' schema verder op stoom komt.

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Economic Update Belgium

GDP contracted slightly in 12Q4. Growth is expected to have been week across the board and is not likely to rebound strongly in 2013. On the upside, inflation is on a downward trend and agreements are reached to keep labour costs in check.

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Economic Update Emerging Markets

In some emerging markets, economic growth has started to pick up in the fourth quarter of last year, but not in all. This year should be a better year than 2012, but growth will remain relatively weak and below the long-term trend.

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Economic Update France

The French economy seems to have contracted mildly in 12Q4. Going forward, sentiment indicators in January point to a deterioration of economic activity, in contrast to the slight improvement seen in several other eurozone countries.

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Economic Update United Kingdom

GDP contracted in 12Q4. The labour market continues to surprise on the upside. Inflation is expected to rise further, which will be an extra headwind for households this year. There are signs that the Funding for Lending Scheme is gaining traction.

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Conjunctuurbeeld België (Dutch)

Het BBP kromp in 12K4 licht. Vermoedelijk was de groei over de gehele linie zwak en ook voor 2013 verwachten wij geen sterke toename in het BBP. Positief nieuws is de dalende inflatie en de in het verschiet liggende loonkostenbeperking.