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Below is a list of our Eurozone Publications for the last 6 months. If you are looking for reports older than 6 months please email info@pantheonmacro.com, or contact your account rep

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18 Jan 2022 Record House Price Growth will Keep the ECB On Its Toes

  • Growth in EZ house prices accelerated at a record pace in Q3; at this rate, it will hit 10% soon.
  • With most tailwinds still around this year, we expect further house price growth increases.
  • This will put a floor on any slowdown in spending growth, but will also raise alarm bells at the ECB.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

12 Jan 2022 Spain is On Track for 1.5% q/q Growth in Q4, a Positive Outlier

  • Stronger-than-expected industry and retail data lead us to revise up our Q4 GDP forecast for Spain.
  • We now think GDP grew by 1.5% q/q, much quicker than in the other major EZ economies.
  • Solid Q4 growth increases the carry-over for 2022 growth forecasts, but Spain is still a laggard.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

11 Jan 2022 A Regime Shift is Underway in the Euro Area's Labour Market

  • EZ unemployment fell further in November, due to an improvement in all major economies.
  • Unemployment in the euro area will fall below 7% soon, even with Omicron now a near-term threat.
  • Our labour market forecasts imply accelerating wage growth in 2022; the ECB will take note.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

10 Jan 2022 Solid Q4 Retail Sales Growth Didn't Offset Weakness in Services

  • Retail sales data had a decent November, but online sales can't offset falling services spending.
  • Germany is on track to meet our expectations for Q4 growth, but we're reducing our forecasts in France.
  • EZ inflation has peaked; a strong rebound in the core will be a headache for the ECB in Q2 and Q3.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

7 Jan 2022 German Industrial Production Came Back Strongly in Q4

  • German factory orders are running hotter than manufacturing production...
  • ...And the jump in manufacturing turnover points to a consensus-beating production report today.
  • Headline inflation in Germany was broadly stable in December, but the core rate rose further.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

6 Jan 2022 The Restrictions-Exposed Services Sector is now Driving a Slowdown

  • The December PMIs indicate that EZ manufacturing production is now outpacing services output.
  • German GDP growth underperformed in Q4, according to the PMIs; Spain did relatively well.
  • French consumer sentiment remained resilient in Q4, but we look for a setback in Q1.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

5 Jan 2022 Early Evidence of EZ Resilience in the Face of Omicron, in Q4

  • Advance November retail sales data point to relative strength in EZ consumption midway through Q4.
  • Germany's labour market recovery continued in Q4, but surveys warn of a setback in Q1.
  • Headline inflation in France remained high in December, but energy inflation is now falling.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

4 Jan 2022 Omicron is Milder than Delta, but it will Still Hold Back the EZ in Q1

  • Omicron is less of a burden on hospitals than Delta, but surging cases will still lead to restrictions in Q1.
  • Warm weather and energy imports are driving a fall in natural gas prices; good news for consumers.
  • The slowdown in real M1 growth points to a further fall in the EZ composite PMI in Q1, to about 52. 

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

20 Dec 2021 EZ Inflation Will be Close to 3% in 2022, and the Core will Hit 2%

  • We are raising our headline inflation forecasts for next year, but we're still well behind the ECB.
  • Core inflation will hover around 2% for much of next year, causing a headache for the central bank.
  • More poor survey data reassert our view that Q4 and Q1 won’t be pretty for the EZ’s largest economy.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

17 Dec 2021 EZ Monetary Stimulus is Set to Slow Next Year, Virus Permitting

The ECB will end PEPP in March, but is keeping the door open for a resumption if the virus worsens.

ECB asset purchases will be around €500B next year on current plans, half the pace in 2021.

The SNB is standing pat, as expected, and we're lowering our outlook for EZ growth in Q1.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

14 Dec 2021 Wage Growth in the EZ Set to Accelerate in 2022, We Think

All signs point to stronger EZ wage growth next year, but it won't be easy to tell in real time.
Negotiated wage growth is still slowing, but the ECB’s preferred compensation measure is firming.
The trend in unemployment points to negotiated wage growth rising towards 3% next year.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

13 Dec 2021 German Inflation is Running Hot; Industry in The Periphery Stutters

  • German core inflation will fall sharply in January, but then rebound; the HICP rate will stay sticky in 2022.
  • Spanish and Italian industrial production both fell at the start of Q4, in contrast to increases in the core...
  • ...We think industry will be a drag on GDP growth in Q4, just when risks to services activity are rising.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

3 Dec 2021 Yet Another Forecast Downgrade, this Time for Swiss GDP Growth

  • Another rise in consumption pulled Q3 GDP in Switzerland above its pre-pandemic level.
  • But activity is now softening; fast-falling surveys force us to cut our Q4 GDP estimate.
  • The franc will strengthen further; we look for EURCHF of 1.03 at end-21 and 1.02 by mid-2022.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

26 Nov 2021 Clouds Gather over Germany's Near-term Economic Outlook

  • German consumers' spending soared in Q3, offsetting falling investment and net exports.

    We are lowering our Q4 growth forecasts to 0.4-to- 0.5%, from 0.7% before; the virus is a threat.

    German investment in machinery and equipment looks terrible; it will get better next year.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

25 Nov 2021 We're Slashing our Q4 Forecasts in France, Despite Great Surveys

  • The Q4 survey data in France have been robust so far, pointing to solid underlying GDP growth…
  • …But the return of the virus threatens new restrictions, putting Christmas festivities in question.
  • We're reducing our forecast for Q4 quarteron-quarter GDP growth, by 0.6pp, to 0.6%.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

24 Nov 2021 Surging Virus Cases Outweigh Rising PMIs in our Q4 Outlook

  • The new virus wave and associated return of restrictions adds to the downside risks for Q4...
  • ...November's rise in the PMI hasn't captured the recent reimposition of restrictions in Germany.
  • GDP growth in Q4 looks to be closer to 0.6% quarter-on-quarter; we are nudging down our forecast.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

22 Nov 2021 Swiss GDP Recovered in Q3; SNB seems OK with EURCHF at 1.05

  • Switzerland's economy probably grew by 2% q/q in Q3, taking output back above its pre-virus level.
  • Q3 is old news; growth is now slowing and the risks to the outlook are rising as virus cases surge.
  • The SNB won't stay happy with CHF 1.05 per euro for much longer.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

18 Nov 2021 EZ Inflation will Cool in Q1, but Keep a Close Eye on Services

  • Inflation in the Eurozone is still rising, but it will cool next year as core goods and energy inflation ease…
  • …But rising services inflation will keep the core rate uncomfortably high for the ECB in H1 22.
  • Construction output in the EZ rebounded at the end of Q3; we look for further gains through Q4.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

17 Nov 2021 We're Holding on to our Outlook for Q4; by the Skin of our Teeth

  • EZ GDP and employment rebounded robustly in the third quarter, but growth is now slowing.
  • We're sticking to our view of 0.8% q/q GDP growth in Q4, but risks are piling up to the downside.
  • Core inflation in France will remain close to 1.5% through Q4, but we think the trend is around 1.0%.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

16 Nov 2021 Italy set to Underperform Spain's Labour Market Recovery

  • EZ Labour demand has surged and the supply-side labour market recovery has also been impressive...
  • ...But in Italy the participation rate remains below its pre-virus level, trailing that in Spain.
  • We expect the jobless rate in both to fall over the coming quarters, but Italy will underperform.

Claus Vistesen and Melanie DebonoEurozone

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