2009 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2009 Issue 1

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This June 2009 issue of OECD's twice-yearly OECD Economic Outlook provides analysis of recent economic developments and economic projections for OECD and major non-OECD countries through the end of 2010. Its comprehensive statistical annex is a useful reference tool for international economic comparisons. This issue finds that a recovery is in sight but that damage from the crisis is likely to be long-lasting.

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Growth slowed in the second half of 2008 but was still positive in early 2009. Given the global downturn, activity is projected to contract in 2009, though the recession should be relatively shallow, notably due to relatively modest trade dependence, historically low interest rates, moderate indebtedness of the private sector, income tax cuts and the implementation of many infrastructure projects related to transfers of EU funds and the 2012 football championships. Price pressures have built up recently, notably due to a large fall in the exchange rate but, as economic slack increases, they should recede steadily.

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