ING-indikatoren for den økonomiske aktivitet viser, at der kom lidt mere gang i økonomien i den anden uge af januar. Den steg fra 92,2 til 94,1. Indikatoren viser især en vækst i industriproduktionen og el-forbruget. Data for mobilitet er stadig lave, og det indikerer, at forbruget er meget lavt på grund af lockdown, og fordi folk holder sig hjemme. Indikatoren trækker også på Google-søgninger, der viser en stigning i søgninger vedr. arbejdsløshed og understøttelse. Det indikerer, at der fortsat er stor bekymring for en genstart af økonomien i sin helhed.
Eurozone: Nowcast indicator up slightly in second week of January
Our ING Weekly Economic Activity Indicator has increased for the second week in a row, in part reflecting an end to the holiday effect. Current levels are similar to the low seen in November, which was about 6% below the average activity of the past two years
The index rose from 92.2 to 94.1, which was the second consecutive increase. This was mainly driven by higher electricity use and NO2 emissions. The upward trend since the holidays cannot be fully explained by seasonal effects as we have made seasonal adjustments to both indicators. That is encouraging from a manufacturing perspective as both indicators relate to industrial activity, to some degree.
Mobility data continued to be well below pre-holiday levels though. This is especially true for retail and recreation thanks in part to the closure of non-essential retail in Germany and the Netherlands.
Daily trips to grocery stores and pharmacies also remain below mid-December levels though, indicating that voluntary social distancing is on the rise again.
Google searches related to unemployment and benefits also continue to be above December levels, indicating worries about job losses in this extended second lockdown. With mobility subdued and concerns about unemployment elevated, domestic demand is still underperforming.