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Bert Colijn, Senior Economist at ING, notes that Eurozone GDP for the second quarter was revised up from 0.3% to 0.4% as Germany and Netherlands posted stronger than expected growth.

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“While the northern countries did boost growth back to the pace of the first quarter, it doesn’t move the needle much on the overall economic picture.”

“Industrial production hasn’t been of much help either in Q2.”

“For the months ahead, production seems to be limited by concerns about the global economy on the one hand and capacity constraints on the other.”

“With global concerns anything but subsiding, it seems that subdued investment will remain likely in the months ahead. A Eurozone economy performing at the current pace of 0.4% for the rest of the year, therefore, seems to be the base case for the moment.”