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COVID-19 is having a major impact on both the Chinese and the global economy, therefore, economists at Rabobank have downgraded their growth forecast for the next years. 

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“We expect global economic growth to be 1.6% in 2020 and 3.2% in 2021. We have sharply adjusted our growth forecast for 2020 to the downside as a result of the outbreak of the recent coronavirus, officially named COVID-19.”

“We have also calculated a risk scenario in which the virus spreads further. Under this scenario, economic growth in China and the global economy will fall to 0.2% and 0.7%, respectively.”

“We expect economic growth in China in 2020 to amount to 2.4%, much lower than the 5.7% we were forecasting at the end of 2019.”

“Due to the countrywide lockdown in Italy, we have revised our growth outlook for the Eurozone to -0.1% this year and 1.2% in 2021 and to -1.6% for Italy in 2020.”


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