On 28 September, the government presented its budget for the year 2013, in which it aims at cutting the fiscal deficit to 3.0% of GDP in 2013 from the 4.5% of GDP shortfall expected for this year. The government plans to narrow the fiscal gap to 0.3% of GDP by 2017. According to the text, the government projects an optimistic 0.8% GDP expansion for next year (Consensus Forecast: +0.5%). The draft foresees an adjustment of over EUR 30 billion, the largest in three decades, based on tax hikes and spending cuts. Only a third of the adjustment will come from spending cuts, the remaining two thirds based on additional revenues through higher taxes. The President Hollande's Socialist government plans steep tax increases for the top 10% of earners, temporarily lifting the levy up to 75% on incomes above EUR 1 million. These measures come on top of the previous tax increases announced in July. Meanwhile, the other EUR 10 billion in spending cuts include a reduction in operating costs and slashing investment.
Government announces largest fiscal adjustment in 30 years
September 28, 2012
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October 24, 2016
The Markit Flash Composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped from a revised 52.7 (previously reported: 53.3) in September to 52.2 in October.
October 3, 2016
According to preliminary figures released by the National Statistical Institute (INSEE), consumer prices in September dropped 0.2% over the previous month, contrasting August’s 0.3% increase.
September 28, 2016
The consumer confidence indicator produced by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) remained stable in September at August’s 97 points.
September 23, 2016
The composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), produced by IHS Markit, rose in September.
September 23, 2016
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