Economic Sentiment Indicators (Dec.)

The EC’s Economic Sentiment Indicators rebounded strongly in Central Europe in December and suggest that the slump in GDP in Q4 was smaller than we feared. But large virus outbreaks through the winter and tighter restrictions will continue to weigh on sentiment and activity in Q1.
Liam Peach Emerging Markets Economist
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