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MACROECONOMICS: EU Slashes Growth Forecasts and Warns Over Brexit, China

The European Commission slashed its growth forecasts for all the euro region’s major economies from Germany to Italy and warned that Brexit and the slowdown in China threaten to make the outlook even worse.

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MACROECONOMICS: ECB Keeps Policy Unchanged to Battle Economic Slowdown

The European Central Bank pledged to keep interest rates at record lows at least through the summer after policy makers met amid rising concern about the region’s growth outlook.

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MACROECONOMICS: German Manufacturing Slump Casts Cloud Over Europe's Economy

Germany’s industrial slump worsened at the start of 2019, dragging the euro-area economy into its worst performance in more than five years.

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MACROECONOMICS: China’s Economy Slows to the Weakest Pace Since 2009

Early signs that China is cushioning its economic slowdown won’t prevent it adding to downward pressures on the global expansion this year.

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MACROECONOMICS: Germany Isn’t Floundering, Despite the Data

After Tuesday’s disappointing industrial output data, the German economy could be headed for a technical recession – two consecutive quarters of negative growth. “Technical,” however, is the operative word; the country isn’t really in trouble, at least not yet, and the worrying data are driven by a single regulatory change that has wreaked havoc on the domestic car industry.

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MACROECONOMICS: German Factory Orders Slip as Euro-Area Demand Deteriorates

German factory orders fell more than expected in November, though the numbers were distorted by airplane orders that masked signs of underlying momentum.

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MACROECONOMICS: German Business Confidence Worsens, Putting Rebound in Doubt

German business sentiment deteriorated further to its lowest level in more than two years as trade tensions and the rising risk of a no-deal Brexit threaten to hamper a meaningful economic rebound from a summer lull.

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MACROECONOMICS: France Exacerbates Euro-Area Slowdown as China Weakness Mounts

A gauge of manufacturing and services in the euro region unexpectedly dropped to its lowest in just over four years in December. While the drop was driven mainly by France where the “Yellow Vests” movement led to a contraction, there’s also signs that underlying momentum is dropping off.

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