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According to analysts at BNP Paribas, Eurozone’s slowdown is becoming increasingly evident, especially in the German economy, which has suffered from one-off factors but also from a slowdown of exports to China.

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“Capacity constraints also play a role. Business climate in the manufacturing sector continues to decline. Italy has now entered a technical recession with quarterly growth negative in the third and fourth quarter of 2018.”

“Inflation is now expected to decrease following the past drop in the oil price, while core CPI is hardly moving. The activity slowdown also implies that the pick-up in core inflation should be slower than expected until recently.”

“We do not expect the ECB to move rates this year.”