EU GDP falls 2.5%, auto sales down 12%

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Continental Europe is now in its worst recession since World War 2. GDP fell 2.5% in Q1, following a 1.6% fall in Q4. Germany, often viewed as the ‘motor’ of the eurozone, saw its GDP fall a shocking 3.8% as markets for its export-driven economy dried up.

Central & Eastern Europe were badly hit by the collapse of their markets in W Europe – Slovakia’s GDP was down 11.2%.

Meanwhile, European auto sales fell 12% in April versus 2008. Since New Year, the market is now down 16%. And this was in spite of an 18% rise in German sales, which have been temporarily stimulated by the ‘cash for bangers’ policy (where 1.2 million people have so far each received €2.5k when trading in an old car for a new one).

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. He also serves as a Global Expert for the World Economic Forum. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry and the global economy over the next 12 – 18 months. It looks behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in critical areas such as oil prices, China and Emerging Markets, currencies, autos, housing, economic growth and the environment. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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