Economic growth will reach 2.5% next year, says government think-tank


The Dutch economy will continue to grow next year but the rate of growth will ease, the government’s macro-economic think-tank CPB said in a preliminary report on Thursday.

The CPB puts next year’s growth at 2.5%, down slightly on the 2.8% forecast for 2018. Unemployment will continue to fall and will reach 3.5%, its lowest level since 2001, the CPB said.

Trade conflicts that could lead to a trade war have become starker, the CPB said. ‘The risk of a hard Brexit is increasing by the day. Economic policy in Italy and a slowdown in growth in a number of emerging economies, such as Turkey, all carry a certain amount of uncertainty for the eurozone.’

The full report will be published on September 18 along with the government’s 2019 spending plans. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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