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17 Sept 2021 Winter is Coming in Europe; Hopefully it Won't be Too Cold

  • A cold winter will turn rising gas prices into a macroeconomic issue; Q4 risks are tilted to the downside.
  • Car sales in the Eurozone aren't going anywhere, mirroring the slump in production.
  • The EV transition is underway in Europe, but lack of timely infrastructure investment is a challenge.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

16 Sept 2021 EZ Wages are Back to Pre-Virus Levels, and More Gains to Come

  • Growth in EZ hourly labour costs plunged in Q2, but other, more timely, data point to robust wage gains.
  • Ms. Lagarde's comments last week suggest that we should watch negotiated wages closely in H2.
  • We see few signs of accelerating wage growth in 2021 collective bargaining agreements, yet.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

EZ Datanote: Detailed Inflation, France, August 2021

  • In one line: Lifted by a leap in inflation of clothing; energy inflation is still rising. 

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

15 Sept 2021 Will High, and Rising, Gas Prices Keep EZ Inflation Elevated?

  • The trend in oil prices suggests energy inflation will soon fall and even turn negative next year in the EZ...
  • ...But high, and rising, gas prices will offset this impact, keeping energy inflation sticky.
  • We doubt this will lead the ECB to taper more quickly, particularly if some restrictions return in winter.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

14 Sept 2021 How to Think about the Trajectory of EZ Fiscal Policy Next Year

  • EZ fiscal policy will tighten next year, but it will remain much more supportive than before Covid.
  • EU grants will fund public expenditure to the tune of about 0.5% of GDP in 2022, mostly in the South.
  • Public investment as a share of GDP was rising before the virus; we think this trend will continue.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

EZ Datanote: Detailed inflation, Germany, August 2021

  • In one line: Barnstorming, but still distorted by one-off factors.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

10 Sept 2021 A Slight Slowdown in PEPP is Coming in Q4, as Expected

  • The ECB will slow the pace of PEPP in Q4, probably by around €20B, to €60-€70B per month.
  • Bond yields fell as Ms. Lagarde spoke, but will the ECB's decision on PEPP in Q4 satisfy markets?
  • The German trade surplus snapped back in July, as imports plunged; more of the same is coming.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

9 Sept 2021 The ECB will Signal a Slower Q4 Pace of PEPP Purchases Today

  • The ECB will announce a slowdown in the pace of PEPP today, but markets likely won't flinch.
  • The central bank's new forecasts will deliver upgrades to the outlook for growth and inflation.
  • Trade data in France suggest that tourism is rebounding, but a full recovery is still a way off.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

8 Sept 2021 A V-Shaped Recovery in the EZ Economy is Now in Sight

  • German industrial output rebounded at the start of Q3, but the trend likely is still flat.
  • Consumers' spending propelled the EZ economy in Q2; a full recovery in GDP is possible in Q3.
  • We are lifting our full-year forecasts for 2021, but this is mostly book-keeping; growth is now slowing.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

3 Sept 2021 The Swiss Economy is Outshining the EZ; will the CHF Rally Further?

  • The Swiss economy had regained more of its Covid losses than the euro area as of Q2.
  • We still expect it to complete its recovery in Q3, ahead of the EZ, and grow by 3.5% overall this year.
  • The outperformance and incoming ECB PEPP taper will push up the CHF; a headache for the SNB.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

1 Sept 2021 The Red Hot EZ Inflation Prints Have Arrived, as Expected

  • EZ inflation is running hot, and it will rise further in Q4; will markets and the ECB flinch?
  • German unemployment fell further midway through Q3, and further improvement is in store.
  • Consumers' spending, ex-services, in France dipped in July, but Q3 as a whole will be decent.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

EZ Datanote: Advance Inflation, Eurozone, August 2021

  • In one line: Hot, but well-anticipated by markets, and mostly due to technical factors.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

EZ Datanote: Consumers' Spending & Inflation, France, July 2021

  • In one line: Soft spending, a rebound in core goods inflation, and stronger than initially estimated Q2 capex.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

31 Aug 2021 EZ Core Inflation Leapt in August, due Mainly to Technical Factors

  • Core inflation in the euro area rocketed in August, but we doubt that markets will notice.
  • PEPP tapering is coming, but the overall tenor of the ECB's communication remains as dovish as ever.
  • The EZ survey data are now softening, but that won't matter for GDP in Q3; for Q4, however, it might.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

24 Aug 2021 Including Housing Costs would lift EZ HICP Inflation, but not by Much

  • There are many statistical hurdles to overcome to include housing costs into the EZ HICP...
  • ...A rough & ready estimate suggests inflation would have been 0.3pp higher, on average, since 2011.
  • Even if house price growth continues to accelerate, we doubt it will lead to tighter monetary policy.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

EZ Datanote: Detailed Inflation, France, July 2021

In one line: Core pulled down by plunge in inflation of clothing; it will rebound in August. 

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

13 Aug 2021 Did the Eurozone Survey Data Soften Midway through Q3?

  • The second Q2 GDP estimate for the EZ will confirm the advance report while we are away.
  • Detailed GDP data in Germany will show that consumers' spending rocketed in Q2.
  • We look for soft surveys for August, but we still think Q3 as a whole will be great for the EZ economy.

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

12 Aug 2021 Your Guide to the Somewhat Confusing July CPI in Germany

  • VAT base effects in core goods were the main driver of the July leap in German inflation.
  • The yawning gap between national and HICP services inflation will close soon; the latter will rebound.
  • We now see clear evidence of a reopening bump in hospitality prices; will it be sustained?

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

EZ Datanote: Detailed Inflation, Germany, July 2021

In one line: The national core is surging due to base effects; HICP core held back by low services inflation. 

Claus Vistesen (Chief Eurozone Economist)Eurozone

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