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Bert Colijn, senior economist at ING, notes that the Q2 GDP growth in the Eurozone slows to 0.2% as the economy has not been able to maintain its surprising growth rate of Q1 with softening global demand and uncertainty about the outlook dampening the economic activity.

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“The first quarter of 2019 was strong and had caused confusion among analysts as surveys had pointed to a weak start to the year. We can now conclude that one-offs lifted economic activity in Q1 and that surveys had indicated continued weakness as the underlying trend. That raises a red flag for Q3 as both the Economic Sentiment Indicator and the PMI point to a strong drop in industrial production in July. That means that Q3 will likely remain subdued at best from a growth perspective.”