2012 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2012 Issue 2

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The OECD Economic Outlook is the OECD’s twice-yearly analysis of the major economic trends and prospects for the next two years. The Outlook puts forward a consistent set of projections for output, employment, prices, fiscal and current account balances.

Coverage is provided for all OECD member countries as well as for selected non-member countries. This issue includes a general assessment, chapters summarising developments and providing projections for each individual country and an extensive statistical annex.

English Also available in: French, German

Euro Area

The euro area is in a recession, driven by faltering confidence, which is projected to persist into the early part of 2013. Growth is projected to pick up only slowly during 2013 and into 2014. On-going fiscal consolidation will hold back activity, but private demand will pick up as confidence and the functioning of the financial sector improve. Continued high unemployment and a large margin of excess capacity will depress inflationary pressures. The main risk is a lack of sufficient progress by policy makers in resolving the crisis.

English Also available in: French, German



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