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    ECO Focus – Edition October 9, 2014

    France: sluggish growth of imports

    Imports should also be slightly more dynamic, fuelled by the upturn in demand (2.5% after 2.4%). However, given the very gradual nature of moves to rebuild inventories and the ongoing adjustment in investment levels, import growth should stay below trend.

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  • ECO Focus - Edition October 6, 2014 France: Public debt

    Continue to reduce public deficits, in order to meet EU commitments and gradually reduce the public debt ratio. This is very high, at 92.2% of GDP in 2013, and is likely to come out even higher in 2014, at 95.3% and at 97.2% in 2015 (official forecasts). It should only start to fall from 2017. The debt ratio should begin to ease from 2017, thanks to a further reduction in the deficit and slightly more sustained growth.

    France: Public debt

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  • Edition September 2014 The pessimistic French and Italian

    As depicted by a recent comparative study performed by PEW Research, the French are the more pessimistic on the economic outlook of their country than the Italians and are at the same level as the Greeks. By contrast, the British are among the most optimistic, despite the fact that their public finances are drifting worse than that of the French, but in a very different context, with 3% GDP growth and low unemployment.

    The pessimistic French and Italian

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  • ECO Focus - Edition 1st September 2014 UK: Ratio of real estate prices to household incomes

    Unsurprisingly, a region-by-region analysis shows that the greatest deterioration in the ratio of house prices to income is to be found in London and the South East, which are also the regions that have seen the biggest rise in house prices.

    UK: Ratio of real estate prices to household incomes

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  • ECO Focus - Edition August 26, 2014 Commercial real estate in the UK

    With the economic growth supporting the demand, rents should keep on increasing. However, London should now slow down, as it has already experienced much of this growth phase, whereas the rest of the UK is lagging behind. On the corresponding real estate clock, London is approaching the top of the cycle, whereas the rest of the UK is getting out of the bottom.

    Commercial real estate in the UK

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  • Eclairages Emergents - Edition July 2014 Foreign trade as a share of GDP (in 2011)

    An economy open to trade : South Korea's international trade exceeds US$1.3 trillion, and the country ranks number 8 worldwide. Exports of goods and services account for about 55% of GDP, compared with 25% in France and 15% in Japan. Imports come to about 50% of GDP.

    Foreign trade as a share of GDP (in 2011)

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