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Fourth-quarter growth was modest but resilient, stable from a quarter earlier despite the social unrest of last year’s ‘gilets jaunes’ protests. Domestic demand was rocked by the demonstrations: Household spending stalled, while fixed-capital spending was hit by a drop-off in household investment. External demand beyond the Eurozone, on the other hand, was upbeat and helped offset the domestic woes. Particularly, export growth jumped on heavy-equipment deliveries. Available current-quarter indicators, meanwhile, depict uneven terrain. Economic sentiment appeared on the mend through February. That said, although industrial output hinted at a turnaround in January, private-sector activity has thus far been hit-and-miss. Moreover, Emmanuel Macron’s skirmish with protestors continues to weigh on the economy, and his political agenda looks increasingly untenable in the run-up to European elections in May.

France - Interest Rate Data

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Policy Interest Rate (%)0.25  0.05  0.05  0.0  0.0  

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Bond Yield0.350.46 %Apr 12
Exchange Rate1.130.65 %Apr 12
Stock Market5,503-0.29 %Apr 12

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  • France: Inflation ticks down in March

    April 15, 2019

    On 11 April, the Statistical Institute (INSEE) reported that consumer prices rose 0.8% from a month earlier in March (February: +0.0% month-on-month).

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  • France: Private-sector activity deteriorates in March

    April 3, 2019

    In March, the seasonally-adjusted IHS Markit Flash Composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dipped back below the 50.0-point threshold, landing at 48.9 points from 50.4 points a month earlier and signaling a deterioration in private-sector activity. March’s reading reflected a drop in output across both the manufacturing and services sectors.

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  • France: Consumer confidence inches up in March

    March 27, 2019

    Consumer confidence recovered further in March, according to the consumer confidence survey published by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), which climbed 1 point from February to land at 96 points.

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  • France: Business confidence stabilizes through Q1

    March 26, 2019

    In March, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies’ (INSEE) business-climate indicator for the manufacturing sector was roughly stable from a month earlier at 112 points (February: 113 points).

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  • France: Industrial output recovers in January

    March 22, 2019

    Industrial output expanded 1.3% from a month earlier and in seasonally-adjusted terms in January, on the heels of a revised flat month-on-month reading in December (previously reported: +0.8% month-on-month s.a.).

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