Norway GDP (Jul.)

Data released this morning show that the rebound in economic activity in Norway lost a bit of steam in July, which is in keeping with signs elsewhere in Europe. Nonetheless, given that the plunge in output in Norway was much smaller than in most countries, the economy is still on track to outperform this year.
David Oxley Senior Europe Economist
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