Economic outlook for the Euro area in 2010 and 2011
Title: Economic outlook for the Euro area in 2010 and 2011
Editor(s): MARCELLINO, Massimiliano
Series/Number: EFN Report; Autumn 2010
External link: http://efn.eui.eu
• The euro area economy benefits from dynamic growth of exports to the emerging markets. Exports to Asia in particular have exceeded their peak level of spring 2008 as early as at the beginning of this year. Firms reacted by restocking and investing in equipment. • The growth hike of the second quarter, however, will not be repeated, as it was favored by special factors. We expect euro area GDP to grow by around 1.6% in 2010 and 2011. The upswing of world trade calms down in the second half of this year and the effects of fiscal consolidation in Europe become increasingly felt. • For these reasons, the boom of industrial production is coming to an end. Annual growth rates have been declining since May and are expected to continue do so in the next months. The Industrial Production Index will grow more than 6% in 2010 but by only 1.3% in 2011. The production of intermediate goods is expected to slow down faster than other sectors while the production of capital goods will remain strong throughout 2010. • The possibility of an intensifying crisis of confidence in the euro area is a significant downward risk for this forecast. That said, it is reassuring that financing costs recently receded for Spain, by far the largest among the peripheral states. • Inflation expectations are well anchored and consumer prices are evolving according to our projections without major shocks in the non-energy components. Annual inflation rates are expected to reach 2.0% at the end of the current year and to stabilize soon after at around 1.8%.
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