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2014 OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2014 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.

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Japan

Output growth slowed to around ½ per cent in 2014, reflecting in part the impact of the consumption tax hike. Output growth is projected to rebound to around ¾ per cent in 2015 and 1% in 2016, supported by improving labour market conditions and expanded monetary easing. The weaker yen is expected to help sustain export growth and push inflation closer to the 2% target.

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