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January is over and the calendar of the Board of the Bank of the Republic begins. In this little more than a month that has passed since December, the members of the Board are going to sit down to discuss a world that closed 2019 with calmer markets but with global growth that stabilized at low levels.
Baseline assumes growth of 1.8% in 2020, potential upside emerging. Model-based recession projections suggest probability around 30% over the next 24-months. Moderate job growth and steady unemployment for foreseeable future. Inflation close to 2%, downside risks fading.
Eurozone growth forecasts are revised slightly upwards due to better incoming data, but we continue to expect some slowdown from 1.2% in 2019 to 0.9% in 2020 before recovering gradually to 1.2% in 2021.
Colombia meets its potential growth level, driven by an accelerating internal demand.
GDP growth in Portugal is expected to be slightly higher than estimated a few months ago. Specifically, GDP could reach 1.9% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020. This upward revision is explained by the historical review of the activity data carried out by the INE and because of the positive trend shown by some components of demand.
Baseline assumes growth of 2.3% in 2019 and 1.8% in 2020. Model-based recession projections suggest probability around 50% over the next 24-months. Moderate job growth and steady unemployment for foreseeable future. Inflation close to 2%, but downside risks remain.
With the data available in the third quarter, it is already possible to know that the growth of the Mexican economy in 2019 will be around zero. This is because, as of the last quarter of last year, three consecutive quarters with negative growth were observed, followed by one without growth.
Most sectors have slowed markedly. Lower growth in 1H19, inertia defines the pattern of state performance.