News January 2017

In January €-coin continues to recover strongly

 

  • €-coin rose to 0.68 in January from 0.59 in December, confirming the recovery under way since July 2016.
  • The indicator was boosted by the increase in share prices and by firms’, especially  manufacturing firms, favourable judgments on their current business activity, as well as by the positive performance of industrial production.

€-coin and euro-area GDP – January 2017

 

The most recent real-time figures are:

 

Month

€-COIN

January 2016

0.48

February 2016

0.47

March 2016

0.34

April 2016

0.28

May 2016

0.26

June 2016

0.29

July 2016

0.31

August 2016

0.32

September 2016

0.34

October 2016

0.38

November 2015

0.45

December 2016

0.59

January 2017

0.68

 

 

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For a more detailed analysis see the €-coin ANALYSIS section, for an overview of the recent behaviour of the series on which €-coin is based see the Euro area at a glance section. 

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                                                                         €-coin in brief

€-coin is a real-time, monthly estimate of area-wide GDP growth, computed each month by the staff of the Banca d’Italia. It provides a single number summarizing the current economic picture for the euro area.

€-coin collates a large collection of statistical data (industrial production, business surveys, stock market and financial data, demand indicators, and more) and extracts the information that is relevant to forecast GDP. It tracks underlying GDP growth, preceding official GDP releases by several months. Essentially, the index:

(i) gives a monthly “smoothed” estimate of quarter-on-quarter GDP growth in the euro area;

(ii) highlights the underlying trend by adjusting the growth rate for short-term fluctuations and measurement errors; that is, the index figure is an indicator of the euro area’s actual growth momentum.

For further technical details on €-coin, see “New Eurocoin: Tracking economic growth in real time”, The Review of Economics and Statistics, No. 92, 1024-1034, available in the Bank of Italy working paper series (Temi di Discussione della Banca d’Italia) no. 631

http://www.bancaditalia.it/pubblicazioni/temi-discussione/2007/2007-0631/en_tema_631.pdf

or CEPR Discussion Paper, No. 5633 http://www.cepr.org/pubs/new-dps/dplist.asp?dpno=5633.