Denmark cuts growth forecast as demand falls

Denmark cuts growth forecast as demand falls
Economy minister Morten Østergaard is facing economic growth that "is going slower than expected", as the slide behind him reads. Photo: Thomas Lekfeldt/Scanpix
The Danish government on Thursday slashed its growth outlook for this year and the next, citing weak eurozone demand for exports and stagnant household spending.
Denmark's output growth is now expected to reach 0.75 percent this year, down sharply from a prediction of 1.4 percent made in August.
In 2015, it would be "almost 1.5 percent", also lower than an earlier estimate of 2.0 percent.
"The weaker growth in demand from abroad has contributed to weaker growth in Denmark and Danish companies and households have been more reluctant to invest and consume," the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Interior said in a statement.
Consumption has slumped since Danes began paying down a heavy debt burden in the wake of a burst housing bubble, but the government said household finances were now becoming more "balanced".
Sydbank analyst Peter Bojsen Jakobsen said the new growth forecast was more "realistic" than before, but added that future revenue from North Sea oil was most likely overstated since it was based on an oil price of $85 per barrel, compared with a current price of around $64.
"Disregarding the government's view on the oil price, the forecast is in line with our view of the Danish economy," he said.

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