Jens Bastian via Macropolis | As various countries in the European Union prepare for watershed elections in the course of 2017, analysts at www.macropolis.gr will be discussing the implications of these elections and the issues most likely to impact the electoral agendas. We start off with a look at Germany and its strong bilateral (economic) ties with Russia.
Spanish exports managed to dodge the slowdown in world trade in the first half of the year. According to the latest data from the World Trade Organisation, exports from the 70 biggest economies (which account for 90% of global GDP) fell 5.6% to 6.4 trillion euros in the first half of 2016 from a year earlier, the lowest level since 2011. In this context, the growth rate of Spanish exports (2.4% year-on-year in the first half) has been the largest of the economies.
The trend in the variables observed indicates that the recovery of the Spanish economy continued during the first half of 2016. With nearly 80% of the information available for 2Q16, the MICABBVA model estimates that quarterly GDP growth (QoQ) will have completed one year at around 0.8%. If confirmed, this stabilisation in the pace of expansion would give an upward bias to the growth envisaged in BBVA-Research’s baseline scenario for 2016 (2.7%).
The picture of the Spanish economy is changing thanks to the international activities of its companies, which has been increasing since the end of last year. Those firms which already operate overseas are expanding their business, but there is a risk that the uptick in domestic demand could dissuade new companies from leaving their home market.
In the seven months to July, Spain’s trade balance registered a new record high since registers began in 1971.
Spain’s exports continue to rise and over the last five months have produced a welcome shift in the country’s trade balance.
Spain’s economy has registered a gain in external competitiveness compared to the EU, the OECD and BRICS countries, based on the Consumer Prices Index (CPI).
MADRID | May 22, 2015 | By Francisco López | The Spanish economy is beating new records mainly thanks to external factors. According to the latest data, exports of goods totalled €23.2 billion in March, the best monthly figure since 1971. The euro price fall has been crucial.
The Corner| April 9, 2015 | Strong figures from German industry will offer further encouragement to EU policymakers that the economic recovery is now on the right track. German industrial production grew by 0.2%, beating expectations of a 0.1% rise. The increase in industry excluding energy and construction was 0.5% according to latest data from the Bundesbank.
The Corner | April 2, 2015 | La Caixa Research | Competitiveness gains in the Spanish economy are set to persist as wage increases continue to lag behind other euro zone countries.