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Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the G20 area slowed to 0.6% in the second quarter of 2012 compared with 0.7% in the first quarter. This marks the third consecutive quarter of slowing growth in the G20 area but masks diverging patterns across economies.
Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, show that the loss of momentum is likely to persist in the coming quarters in most major OECD and non-OECD economies.
Annual inflation in the OECD area rose by 1.9% in the year to July 2012, down from 2.0% in the year to June 2012. This easing in the annual rate of inflation mainly reflects slower growth in energy and food prices.
Merchandise trade slowed in most major economies in the second quarter of 2012, with contractions in all major European economies, India, Russia and South Africa.
Provisional estimates show that quarter-on-quarter growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area slowed to 0.2% in the second quarter of 2012, compared with 0.5% in the previous quarter.