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Poland Activity Data (Apr.)

April’s activity data for Poland suggest that the economy lost some steam at the start of Q2 and the effects of the war in Ukraine will remain a key headwind over the coming months. That said, we think Poland will avoid a contraction and outperform its peers in the rest of the region over 2022 as a whole.
Jason Tuvey Senior Emerging Markets Economist
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