Saturday, August 16, 2014

16/8/2014: Three Charts of Euro Area's Abysmal Growth Performance


Few charts to summarise the continued problems with growth in euro area and the 'peripheral' states:

First, consider changes in real GDP on pre-crisis peak:


Next, the weakest link in the euro area: Italy. This is really woeful - since hitting absolute lows, Italian economy continued to decline, steadily and with little sign of improvement.


The above also shows the miserable state of the euro area as a whole.

Another chart, to show changes on crisis-period absolute lows:


Note: the first 2 charts reference index to 2005=100, the last one references index to Q4 2006=100.
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