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Euro-zone economic outlook

Euro-zone economic outlook

Business indicators of the euro area have been positively oriented in the last months, suggesting a continuation of the recovery process. In Q1 2017 the Eurozone economy is expected to grow at a similar pace as registered at the end of 2016 (+0.4%), then slightly faster in Q2 (+0.5%) before returning to +0.4% in Q3 2017.

The main force behind the expansion in aggregate activity should be private consumption which benefits from the increase in disposable income and favourable labour market conditions and despite the upturn in inflation which is eroding household purchasing power.

Moreover investment is forecast to strengthen, driven by improved expectations about near term outlook. Also investment in construction should accelerate. Finally, the positive international environment will likely reinforce external demand growth and exports.

tags:
consumptions, euro zone, forecasts eurozone, GDP, inflation, investments, production, statistics flash
theme:
Industry and construction, National accounts, Prices
document typology:
Press release
Reference period
I II and III quarter 2017
Date of publication
6 April 2017
Full text
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