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Swiss government expects economy to develop by weaker than typical 1.1% in 2023


Mar 16, 2023

ZURICH, March 16 (Reuters) – The Swiss government expects the country’s financial development to cool to a under typical price of 1.1% in 2023, ahead of development accelerates to 1.five% subsequent year, it stated on Thursday.

The country’s economy will slow from the two.1% development price accomplished in 2022, albeit slightly above the 1% level forecast in December, the State Secretariat for Financial Affairs (SECO) stated.

“This would be drastically under typical but not drive the

economy into recession,” SECO stated. “The power scenario in Europe has eased in current months. Nevertheless, inflationary stress remains higher internationally.”

In 2024 the Swiss economy, when adjusted for sporting events, is anticipated to develop by 1.five%, slightly down from the December forecast of 1.six%.

Each forecasts are under typical GDP development in Switzerland, traditionally 1 of Europe’s extra resilient economies, exactly where output expanded by an typical of 1.eight% among 2012 and the pre- pandemic year 2019.

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The Swiss economy grew by two.1% in 2022, according to provisional calculations published by SECO final month.

Switzerland has benefited from a mild winter which meant Europe skirted an power crisis, whilst blockages and bottlenecks in provide chains have continued to ease.

Nonetheless Swiss inflation has remained extra persistent than previously anticipated, a scenario which is minimizing spending energy of shoppers.

Monetary policy has also turn into extra restrictive, with interest prices hikes anticipated in Switzerland and abroad, dampening demand from corporations and shoppers.

Swiss inflation is anticipated to fall from two.eight% in 2022 to two.four% this year, SECO stated, ahead of dipping to 1.five% in 2024.

The forward-seeking KOF Financial Barometer rose to one hundred in February, continuing a current constructive trend, whilst the Swiss engineering sector has sounded a cautiously optimistic note for this year.

Credit Suisse on Wednesday stated it anticipated the Swiss economy to develop by .eight% this year, ahead of development picks up once again to 1.four% in 2024.

The Swiss National Bank is due to give its newest financial forecasts when it announces the outcome of its quarterly monetary policy evaluation on March 23.

Reporting by John Revill Editing by Sonali Paul

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