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Italy has found itself at the epicentre of a crisis, battling with the most severe coronavirus outbreak globally after China. Italy’s coronavirus crisis is rapidly turning from a humanitarian one to an economic one as well. Economists at Danske Bank analyze the possible consequences.

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“Widespread production closures will still take their toll on industry output and we would not be surprised to see a quarterly growth contraction of -0.75 to -1.0% q/q in Q1  We see a risk that the repercussions of the lockdown will be headwinds for the economy that extend into Q2 or even Q3.”

“With a relatively ‘mild’ recession of -1.0% in 2020 and no increase in borrowing costs, the debt ratio will likely overshoot the 140% threshold by the end of the year.”

“Italian banks to struggle with loan loss provisioning and lower profitability, while sovereign-bank linkages remain significant.”

“As long as Italy can avoid significant rating downgrades, we do not expect Italy to run into major funding problems.”


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