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The Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

Mixed Performance among Indicators Clouds Prospects for Euro Area Recovery

  • The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the Euro Area rose only marginally in February, and its rate of increase slowed considerably compared to January, suggesting that the timing of a recovery for the region remains unclear
  • Previous improvements in business confidence, especially in manufacturing, have stalled, showing that the economy has probably not started growing yet
  • LEIs for France, United Kingdom, and Spain increased in January, and all have positive six-month growth rates, while Germany’s is slightly negative
  • Handling of the Cypriot bank bailout illustrates continued uncertainties about financial stability
  • Weak domestic consumption is one major factor holding back Euro Area recovery
  • High youth unemployment and shifting demographics may impede recovery in consumption over the long term in Euro Area economies

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