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2008 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2008 Issue 2

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This December 2008 edition of the OECD Economic Outlook presents OECD's first set of economic analysis and projections since the financial crisis began. As always, it includes and overall assessment as well as individual country assessments for OECD and major non-OECD economies, and an extensive statistical annex.  This edition's special feature covers responses to inflation shocks.

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Germany

After a strong start into 2008, activity has contracted reflecting muted consumption and weakening export growth. Activity is projected to contract further in 2009 on the back of falling investment spending and weakness in the main trading partner economies. Private consumption will make a small positive contribution to growth because disinflation increases the purchasing power of past wage settlements. Activity is expected to pick up in late 2009 and return towards trend growth rates in the second half of 2010.

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