Jennifer, I run scared when I see anything about credit cards. So should anyone who doesn't have a lot in savings. But, in order for Europe to grow again consumers would have to start spending again. It's a double whammy.
Hi Nemos - I'm with you. Doesn't make much sense. But, I guess, just maybe, in places like Greece and Portgual people are tired of squandering away and constantly being told how bad their country is doing... maybe they think a little retail therapy will help chase away the bad news... it will, until they open their credit card bills next month.
Hi Anna - Yes, as you well know from living in this part of the world, caution seems to be the driving sentiment. And while Lagarde and many others think more could and should be done (and I don't necessarily disagee), it would be nice to see more creative thinking around job growth instead resorting to more budget cuts. It seems people here in the EU are more comfortable talking and complaining about the social service and government-worker pension cuts than the much-needed investment in entreprenuerial projects that could well bring longer-terms solutions to this mature geography. Either way, it could be a long time before the region as a whole is healthy again.
Anandvy, European leaders may have done whatever they need to do to solve the Euro-area crisis but it's not all on them alone. Citizens would have to take whatever steps necessary at the individual and family levels also. I don't believe this crisis will be solved by the various governments alone.
Christine Lagarde has said well that more must be done to solve the Euro Zone crisis.
@Anna, I feel european leaders have put lot of effort to solve the euro-zone crisis. I am not sure what else they can do to solve this ? According to you what other steps they can take solve this crisis ?
Uncertainty still hangs over Europe, where politicians struggle to wring out near-term fixes for ongoing economic woes.
@Jennifer, true uncertainty in Europe is far from over. Infact EUR-USD hit a two-year low of $1.2225 in early Monday Asian trade which shows that europe is still in deep trouble. Needs to be seen when will things start improving in europe.
"Europe's economy probably failed to grow in the second quarter as budget cuts eroded consumer spending just as companies stepped up job cuts and global demand faltered."
Jennifer great article. It is good to read that Samsung Electronics Co raked in a record profit from its latest smartphone device (deservedly so). The market seems to be buoyant in this market segment. The company is wise to have taken a cautious view regarding other electrical appliances sales as things haven't improved much in this area.
On the other hand, as you have correctly analysed, that Europe's economy probably failed to grow due to budget cuts and high unemployment record. I agree with your analysis – situation hasn't improved. It's clear from economic history that the rate of resource growth sets the speed limit of an economy. Thus, if the labour force growth is slow, then the consumers will be cautious to spend and this may have impacted slow growth.. Christine Lagarde has said well that more must be done to solve the Euro Zone crisis.
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