Euro zone retail sales in record rebound in May as lockdowns eased

Consumers in the euro zone returned en masse to shops in May as lockdowns were eased, estimates from the EU statistics agency showed today, signalling a sharp recovery of sales after record drops in March and April.  Sales in the 19 countries sharing the euro zone rose by 17.8% in May from April, Eurostat said, […]

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Euro zone set for deeper recession, weaker rebound

The euro zone economy will drop deeper into recession this year and rebound less strongly in 2021 than previously thought, the European Commission forecast today, with France, Italy and Spain struggling the most due to the Covid-19 pandemic.   The EU executive said the 19 nation single currency area would contract by a record 8.7% […]

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Euro zone factory downturn eased in June as lockdowns loosened

The downturn in euro zone manufacturing was not as bad as initially thought last month after more economies in the bloc eased restrictions imposed to quell the spread of the coronavirus.  Over 10 million people have been infected by the virus globally and more than 500,000 have died. This lead governments to impose lockdowns and force […]

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Euro zone factory downturn eased in June as lockdowns loosened

The downturn in euro zone manufacturing was not as bad as initially thought last month after more economies in the bloc eased restrictions imposed to quell the spread of the coronavirus.  Over 10 million people have been infected by the virus globally and more than 500,000 have died. This lead governments to impose lockdowns and force […]

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Euro zone bank lending continues to surge amid crisis – ECB

Lending to euro zone companies continued to surge in May as firms relied heavily on bank credit to stay afloat amid the continent’s coronavirus-related lockdown, data from the European Central Bank showed today.  With millions of people in stuck at home and much of the bloc’s economy mothballed, activity came to a standstill in March […]

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Euro zone bank lending continues to surge amid crisis – ECB

Lending to euro zone companies continued to surge in May as firms relied heavily on bank credit to stay afloat amid the continent’s coronavirus-related lockdown, data from the European Central Bank showed today.  With millions of people in stuck at home and much of the bloc’s economy mothballed, activity came to a standstill in March […]

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Euro zone economy won’t hit pre-crisis level until 2021 at earliest – Lane

The coronavirus-hit euro zone economy probably will not return to its pre-pandemic levels until next year at the earliest, the European Central Bank’s chief economist said today. But Philip Lane said that the ECB was prepared to tweak its tools if needed.   “From today’s perspective, it looks in any case unlikely that economic activity […]

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€240 billion in low-cost credit for eurozone member states approved

Eurozone ministers have formally approved €240 billion in credit lines to help European countries meet the crippling costs of fighting the coronavirus outbreak. The plan will be run by the eurozone’s rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism, and is a first big step for the EU’s joint effort to lift an economy projected to contract […]

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Euro zone business activity collapses in March as coronavirus spreads – PMI

Euro zone business activity collapsed last month as attempts to contain the coronavirus pandemic pushed governments to shut down vast swathes of their economies, from shops to factories to restaurants, a survey showed today.  The pandemic has infected more than a million people worldwide, paralysing economies as consumers worried about their health and job security […]

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Euro zone faces 2% recession, 10% if lockdown lasts – S&P Global

The coronavirus pandemic will push the euro zone and Britain into recession this year, with their economies expected to shrink by as much as 2%, the international ratings agency S&P Global warned today.  “The euro zone and UK are facing recessions. We now expect GDP (gross domestic product) to fall around 2% this year due […]

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