News May 2019

The decline in €-coin comes to a halt in May

 

  • In May €-coin rose slightly to 0.20 (from 0.18 in April), following six consecutive decreases.
  • The indicator benefited from the favourable performance of car registrations and retail sales, as well as from the moderate recovery in business and consumer confidence; conversely, the contribution of industrial activity remains weak.

€-coin and euro-area GDP – May 2019

 

The most recent real-time figures are:

 

Month

€-COIN

May 2018

0.55

June 2018

0.48

July 2018

0.49

August 2018

0.47

September 2018

0.52

October 2018

0.54

November 2018

0.47

December 2018

0.42

January 2019

0.31

February 2019

0.24

March 2019

0.20

April 2019

0.18

May 2019

0.20

 

 

Click xls to download the excel file containing data.

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://cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=5633.