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WIFO Bulletin, 2019, 24(10), S.83-89
Online seit: 15.11.2019 15:00
 
The weakness of the global economy is dampening the Austrian business cycle. Export growth slowed noticeably in the second quarter, and GDP growth eased to +0.3 percent compared to the previous quarter. Private household consumption, however, continued to increase and supported overall growth. The prospects for the Austrian economy stabilised recently. According to the WIFO-Konjunkturtest (business cycle survey), company assessments brightened somewhat in August, especially in the manufacturing sector. The recovery on the labour market is coming to a halt, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stagnated in August. The inflation rate fell slightly to 1.4 percent in July.
 
In the second quarter of 2019, Austrian GDP grew by 0.3 percent compared to the previous period (after +0.4 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and +0.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018). Although the expansion of previous years continued, it has slowed continuously since the beginning of 2018. The positive development of the real economy continues to be reflected in the labour market in the form of an increase in employment and a decline in unemployment. Inflation has recently slackened.
 
WIFO Bulletin, 2019, 24(7), S.57-63
Online seit: 29.08.2019 0:00
 
In the USA and the euro area, the economy grew more strongly than most recently in the first quarter of 2019. Some indicators continue to point to a slowdown. However, the economy appears to have stabilised somewhat again. In Austria, on the other hand, growth weakened again somewhat in the first quarter. Manufacturing in particular is suffering from the global economic downturn, while the domestic economy is developing robustly. The recovery on the labour market is gradually flattening out. Inflation remains moderate.
 
The global economy reached its business cycle peak in 2018 and growth is likely to slow in the coming years. Over the forecast period 2019-2023, the Austrian economy is expected to grow by 1.6 percent p.a. (2014-2018 +1.8 percent p.a.), slightly stronger than the euro area average. The income tax relief for private households granted by the family bonus will support consumer demand in 2019 and especially in 2020. Over the forecast period, private consumption is expected to grow at an annual rate of 1.6 percent (2014-2018 +1.0 percent p.a.). Employment will expand faster than labour supply up to 2020 as a result of the economic conditions and the unemployment rate will remain at 7.3 percent. However, from 2021 labour supply will again grow faster than demand, so that the unemployment rate will rise to 7.5 percent by the end of the forecasting period. Inflationary pressure will remain moderate in the medium term, and the positive inflation differential with the euro area should continue to narrow, but not reverse. WIFO expects an average consumer price inflation rate of 1.8 percent p.a. Based on the projected economic outlook and the assumed economic policy conditions, the overall fiscal balance will remain positive over the forecasting period and even improve slightly. As a result, the public debt ratio (general government debt as a percentage of nominal GDP) will fall by around 17½ percentage points as compared with 2018 to below 57 percent by 2023.
 
Following a slowdown in the global economic momentum over the previous year, world GDP expanded moderately in the first quarter of 2019. In line with this, domestic export growth weakened slightly. The domestic demand is supporting the Aus-trian economic activity. GDP in Austria rose by 0.4 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the previous quarter.
WIFO Bulletin, 2019, 24(4), S.28-39
Online seit: 07.05.2019 0:00
 
Under the impact of sluggish global trade, industrial activity in Austria has moved to a downward trend. On major export markets, demand for Austrian manufactures nevertheless proves resilient (USA, CEEC). The temporary setback in German motor car production and its repercussions on Austrian suppliers are gradually subsiding, and the USA-China trade conflict has eased. Moreover, continued solid demand for services helps sustain overall economic activity. Annual average GDP growth in Austria is expected to slow from 2.7 percent in 2018 to 1.7 percent in 2019; from the middle of the year, demand and output are set to stabilise, with growth in 2020 staying around 1.8 percent.
WIFO Bulletin, 2019, 24(3), S.21-27
Online seit: 26.03.2019 17:00
 
The assessment of future economic development by Austrian industrial companies did not deteriorate further in February, optimistic and pessimistic assessments now almost balance each other out. Against the backdrop of weak world trade, there are also positive economic signals: in Germany, the situation in the automotive sector appears to be stabilising and the trade conflict between China and the USA is easing.
WIFO Bulletin, 2019, 24(2), S.14-20
Online seit: 26.03.2019 17:00
 
The trade conflict between the USA and China is increasingly weighing on the global economy. In the USA, the government shutdown dampened the optimism of private households. The German economy is still suffering from the upheavals in the automotive sector. The Austrian economy is proving to be robust in view of the global burdens. Here as well, however, the majority of indicators point to a downturn.
WIFO Bulletin, 2019, 24(1), S.1-13
Online seit: 26.03.2019 17:00
 
From the current strong pace driven by industrial output, construction and services, economic growth in Austria is set to ease somewhat in 2019. While business investment is showing early signs of weakening, private household income and consumption will benefit from solid wage increases and a lower tax burden. With fewer jobs being created, the reduction of unemployment will lose momentum. The general government balance will turn to a surplus in the years to come.
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