Poland Activity Data (Jun.)

Polish industrial production and retail sales figures for June suggest that the rebound in economic activity softened a touch at the end of Q2, but GDP still looks to have expanded by 2.0% q/q in Q2. We think the recovery will maintain a solid pace in Q3 as activity in consumer-facing services sectors rebounds.
Liam Peach Emerging Markets Economist
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