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Yesterday, the flash Q2 GDP growth estimate for the euro area disappointed, as it showed growth slowed to 0.3% q/q from 0.4% in Q1, against expectations of an unchanged print, points out the research team at Danske Bank.

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“Economic data has weakened in the euro area and growth is significantly slower this year than last year, where growth was 0.7% q/q on average.”

“HICP core inflation rose, at least on paper, from 0.9% to 1.1%, but looking at the second decimal place, the increase was from a high 0.9% (0.94%) to a low 1.1% (1.07%). The data does not change anything for the ECB, which is on hold ‘  at least through the summer of 2019′”