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Economists at Rabobank have looked at their assumptions in more detail and have revised global growth forecasts again due to the development of coronavirus all over the world.

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“We now expect global GDP to decline by 2.6% in 2020. In terms of the peak in contraction, we expect the impact of the corona-crisis to overshadow even the impact of the Global Financial Crisis.”

“Countries that are expected to face the largest contraction are the US (-6.4%), Italy (-7.2%) and the UK (-6.8).”

“Large emerging markets such as China and India are expected to grow by a little over 1% in 2020. However, keep in mind that these economies would under normal condition be able to grow by 5% to 6%.”

“If the lockdowns are successful in containing the virus, we expect to see the first (tentative) signs of a recovery in Q3 2020. Hence, we do not include a second wave of infections in late 2020, nor do we assume an extension of the lockdowns beyond Q2.”