Bolaji, as you're aware, the economic forecast in Europe remains uneven across European countries. The balance of risks for economic growth is still tilted to the downside. Things are still fragile in the financial market, resulting in negative feedback. In the UK for example, cuts in government spending has adversely affected capital investment and subsequently a lower economic growth.
Businesses are at risks. It's difficult for new business startups. People are squeezed, high unemployment rate-hence lower spending morale etc... Even the most optimistic forecasts suggest a slow growth recovery. The consensus is a grim future particularly in the periphery of Europe
You're right about one thing FlyingScot, that it appears we are "bumping along the bottom". The economy slumped into double deep recession here in the UK, since the economic turmoil of 1975. Recovery failed to gain traction and shrank by 0.2% in the first three months of 2012 - recent report. So not so great!
It really feels like we are bobbing along the bottom waiting for a big foot to stomp on us. I sure hope things get better but I do not imagine it will happen significantly for the next few years. The financial markets need to be sorted out (so we can borrow money more easily) and governments stabilised before solid growth can occur and the "feel good" returns.
Ashish, you are correct to an extent. Eventhough all the European countries have a common currency and economic system; they don’t have uniformly financial strength and policies. The local administrations in individual nations are handling the financial part with a different view and it too with in the country. There is no unanimous financial goal and policies across the EU countries, which can help to strengthen Euro and financial sector.
Given the sluggishness in European economy, it's interesting to see what measures European companies are taking to counter the decline in revenues. It's an interesting move by ARM to step out of Europe and reach Africa. I believe we shall see similar moves by other companies in their attempts to restore the revenues.
Ashish, yeah news coming out on every minutes very not positive. On ARM - not surprised with ARM pre-quarter financial reports. As i learned recently, one of Europe ARM processor's licensed firms has just entered Africa with an award of contract to deploy its services there. By the time the firm put its feet on ground in Africa just like what Ericsson has been doing in last one or two decades that would probably catalyse both companies business operations.
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