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Economist at UOB Group Lee Sue Ann gives her prospects for the economic activity in the euro area for the current year.

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“… 2Q20 GDP in the Eurozone was confirmed to have fallen by 12.1% q/q, following earlier estimates released on 31 July. This marks a record fall in Eurozone GDP in the second quarter, the deepest since the time series started in 1995… The record-fall in GDP coincided with COVID-19 lockdowns, where many countries in the region began to ease only from May.”

“Much depends, however, on the evolving COVID-19 situation in Europe given that increasing numbers are contending with a resurgence of infections. But taking into account these recent data releases, we now expect the Eurozone economy to contract by 8.0% in 2020, compared to a contraction of 7.4% previously penciled in our 3Q quarterly update. This is largely on the back of a revision in 2Q20 GDP to -14.9% y/y, compared to -12.6% y/y previously. 3Q20 and 4Q20 GDP forecasts remain at -8.3% y/y and -5.7% y/y, respectively.”