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  • 12-April-2019

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    SMEs turning to alternative financing instruments as growth slows in bank lending

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are turning to non-bank financing sources at a faster pace than in the past, as bank lending to them has risen less than expected given today’s favourable credit conditions and business environment.

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  • 11-April-2019

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    Reforms in a few countries drive a decline in average OECD labour taxes

    Income tax and social security contributions declined slightly for the average worker across the OECD in 2018, driven by major reforms in a handful of countries, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 10-April-2019

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    Governments must act to help struggling middle class

    Governments need to do more to support middle-class households who are struggling to maintain their economic weight and lifestyles as their stagnating incomes fail to keep up with the rising costs of housing and education, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 10-April-2019

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    Development aid drops in 2018, especially to neediest countries

    Foreign aid from official donors in 2018 fell 2.7% from 2017, with a declining share going to the neediest countries, according to preliminary data collected by the OECD. The drop was largely due to less aid being spent on hosting refugees as arrivals slowed and rules were tightened on which refugee costs can come out of official aid budgets.

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  • 9-April-2019

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    Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: April 2019

    OECD unemployment rate down to 5.2% in February 2019

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  • 9-April-2019

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    Further reforms in France can drive growth, improve public finances and boost social cohesion

    The French economy has slowed, with weaker growth and employment prospects weighing on living standards and well-being. Policy should focus on long-term strategies to revitalise growth, improve public finances, create more and better jobs and ensure a more inclusive and cohesive society, according to a new report from the OECD.

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  • 8-April-2019

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    Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, April 2019

    CLIs continue to signal easing growth momentum in most major economies

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  • 2-April-2019

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    Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 2 April 2019

    OECD annual inflation stable at 2.1% in February 2019

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  • 1-April-2019

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    Wide-ranging reforms needed to ensure Italy’s economic recovery

    Stronger, more inclusive and sustainable growth, better job opportunities and a reduction in the level of public debt in Italy require a comprehensive programme of far-reaching reforms while maintaining the important measures taken in recent years, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 29-March-2019

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    Further reforms in Sweden can drive growth, competitiveness and social cohesion

    The Swedish economy is operating close to full capacity, with robust growth and strong employment, but uncertainties linked to the global economy shroud the outlook. Policy should aim to prolong the expansion and ensure that economic success continues to promote inclusiveness, well-being and social cohesion, according to a new report from the OECD.

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