Euro-zone Flash HICP (Nov.)

November’s inflation data were yet another surprise on the upside. The Omicron variant has increased the level of uncertainty even further but for now we suspect that it will have a fairly small impact on inflation. Still, headline inflation looks set to remain above target until at least the end of next year.
Jack Allen-Reynolds Senior Europe Economist
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How big a deal is the Ukraine crisis for the euro-zone?

A Russian military invasion of Ukraine would adversely affect the euro-zone economy by further disrupting the market for energy, pushing up inflation and reducing households’ real incomes. However, any economic fallout would probably be fairly small and short-lived and other factors, not least the course of the pandemic, will continue to have much more influence on the economy. In view of the wider interest, we are also sending this European Economics Update to clients of our Energy Service.

25 January 2022

European Economics Update

Rising house prices strengthen ECB hawks’ case

Euro-zone inflation would be even further above target if owner-occupied housing costs were included in the region’s headline measure. Their formal inclusion won’t take place for a few years yet, but the ECB has pledged to take them into account in the meantime. On balance, this points to slightly tighter policy. Euro-zone Drop-In: Why the ECB will be laying the groundwork for rate hikes in 2023. Join Andrew Kenningham and the Europe team for a discussion about their Q1 euro-zone Economic Outlook report on Tuesday, 1 Feb at 09:00 EST/14:00 GMT. Registration here.

25 January 2022

European Data Response

German Ifo Survey (January)

The increase in the Ifo Business Climate Index (BCI) in January provides more evidence that, after contracting in late 2021, conditions have stabilised at the start of the year. With disruption from the Omicron wave likely to ease in the coming weeks, we think German GDP will increase in Q1. Euro-zone Drop-In: Why the ECB will be laying the groundwork for rate hikes in 2023. Join Andrew Kenningham and the Europe team for a discussion about their Q1 euro-zone Economic Outlook report on Tuesday, 1 Feb at 09:00 EST/14:00 GMT. Registration here.

25 January 2022

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European Data Response

EC Survey (November)

Despite the slight deterioration on the month, November’s EC business and consumer survey showed that economic sentiment in the euro-zone was high before the recent news about the Omicron variant. It also confirmed that consumers’ and firms’ inflation expectations were extremely strong.

29 November 2021

European Economics Update

PEPP not guaranteed to end in March

The account of October’s ECB meeting suggests that it is by no means guaranteed that net PEPP purchases will end in March. And even if they do, the Bank may well leave open the possibility of re-starting PEPP purchases later in 2022 if needed. Meanwhile, we agree with the ECB’s message that investors have got ahead of themselves by pricing in interest rates hikes for next year.

25 November 2021

European Data Response

Euro-zone Final HICP (Oct.)

October’s euro-zone inflation data confirm that core price pressures are weaker than in other advanced economies. That said, we think headline inflation will remain above 2% until late 2022.

17 November 2021
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