RaboResearch - Economic Research

Economic Update Dutch version

Country Update the Netherlands

In the third quarter of 2011, the size of the economy declined. The net contribution from trade was positive, but this engine was not strong enough to drive the entire economy into the positive territory.

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Country Update Belgium

Almost one-and-a-half year after the elections there has finally been a political breakthrough. With the announcement of harsh austerity measures in 2012 the new government hopes to reduce the budget deficit and thereby to regain market trust.

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Country Update Italy

The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Monti, faces the difficult task of lowering the budget deficit and enacting structural reforms while the economy is falling back into recession. Under the motto Save Italy, the first set of measures has been passed.

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Country Update Germany

Germany’s 11Q3 growth (+0.5% q-o-q) testifies to the country’s economic resilience. Private consumption was the biggest contributor to GDP growth, partly due to the disappointing performance in 11Q2.

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Monthly Update The Netherlands

The new Rutte cabinet took up office on 14 October, and has since announced an agenda of severe cost cutting. Most of the savings will involve government (€ 6.1 bn), social security (€ 4.3 bn) and international cooperation (€ 1.9 bn).

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Economic Update France

Based on persistent weak sentiment we lowered our growth forecast for 11H2. We believe the uncertainty surrounding the European debt crisis will weigh on France’s economic activity going forward.

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Economic Update United Kingdom

The much-awaited QE2 was finally launched in October after Adam Posen, the arch-dove MPC member, convinced everyone to get on board. The programme does not seem to be a success though. Growth in 11Q3 (0.5%) was in line with expectations.

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Economic Update Spain

The available production-, sales- and sentiment indicators for the third quarter of the year point to slowing economic growth. Employment took a bit hit, which pushed up the seasonally adjusted unemployment count to over 5 million people.