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Economic Update

Belgium: softening domestic demand in 2015

Economic growth in the third quarter of 2014 was 0.3% q-o-q and was mainly supported by private investments and private consumption. Looking forward, domestic demand growth is likely to soften.

Economic Update

Belgium: recovery slows in second quarter of 2014

Recent data shows that the Belgian economic recovery remained in place, but weakened in the second quarter of 2014. Going forward, we expect the recovery of the Belgian economy to continue in the second half of 2014, but the pace is likely to be sluggish.

Economic Comment

Wereldeconomisch commentaar: een betere tweede helft? (Dutch)

Nadat het eerste kwartaal van dit jaar in economisch opzicht voor veel landen tegenviel, wordt de hoop gevestigd op een betere tweede helft. Per saldo verwachten we dat de hoop werkelijkheid wordt. Echter niet alle landen laten hetzelfde beeld zien.

Economic Comment

Eurozone: kwartaal van grote verschillen (Dutch)

Het licht teleurstellende BBP-cijfer voor de eurozone in het eerste kwartaal van het jaar (+0,2% k-o-k) herbergt grote onderlinge verschillen tussen de lidstaten. De cijfers lijken in sterke mate gekleurd door de impact van het milde weer.

Country Report

Country Report Belgium

Despite the recovery of the economy, it has lost competitiveness due to higher labour cost and lower productivity growth than European countries. The government deficit decreased below 3% of GDP but the government debt level remains high.

Economic Update

Belgium: Economic recovery pushes through

In the final quarter of 2013, GDP volume rose with 0.5% q-o-q. Looking forward, the economic recovery is expected to push through as the economy faces fewer headwinds. Nevertheless, a full revival of economic growth and the labour market needs time.