Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bank of Spain: Recession Continues, Deficit to Increase

by Bill McBride on 10/23/2012 08:37:00 AM

From the WSJ: Bank of Spain Warns on Deficit Targets

Spain's central bank said Tuesday the country's economy contracted slightly less than expected in the third quarter but repeated a warning that tax-revenue shortfalls could cause the government to miss its 2012 budget-deficit target.

The euro zone's fourth-largest economy contracted by 0.4%, the same as in the second quarter, the Bank of Spain said in a quarterly report. On an annual basis, the contraction was 1.7% ...

The government has said its deficit will rise to 7.4% of GDP this year ...

"The efforts to lower spending at the public sector have had a net contracting effect (on the economy) in the central months of the year," the central bank said. "We see drops in consumption and investment by all levels of government above those seen in previous quarters."
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Another austerity data point. Still the Spanish bond yields are down from the levels of a few months ago with the 10-year yield at 5.55%, and the 2-year yield at 2.98%.

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