2006 Q2

HICP Inflation forecasts

Inflation is defined as the year on year percentage change in the euro area all items Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP), as published by Eurostat.
2006 Q2 inflation forecasts
  2006 2007 Mar. 2007 Mar. 2008 2010
Mean point estimate 2.1 2.1 2.1 1.9 1.9
Standard deviation 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1
Number of replies 59 59 54 49 47
Probability distributions 2006 2007 Mar. 2007 Mar. 2008 2010
<0.0% 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.10.5
0.0-0.4% 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.71.2
0.5-0.9% 0.5 1.2 0.9 3.34.0
1.0-1.4% 3.8 5.5 5.5 13.210.8
1.5-1.9% 24.0 29.1 25.4 36.236.2
2.0-2.4% 55.5 45.0 46.9 33.532.5
2.5-2.9% 13.6 14.4 17.2 9.610.2
3.0-3.4% 2.2 3.7 3.2 2.73.6
>3.5% 0.3 0.6 0.8 0.81.1
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Core HICP inflation forecasts

Core inflation is defined as the year on year percentage change in the euro area HICP special aggregate ‘all items excluding energy, food, alcohol and tobacco’, as published by Eurostat.

Real GDP growth forecasts

Real GDP growth is defined as year on year percentage change of real GDP (i.e. in volumes) in the euro area , according to the standardised European System of national and regional Accounts 2010 definition, as published by Eurostat.

2006 Q2 real GDP growth forecasts
  2006 2007 2006 Q4 2007 Q4 2010
Mean point estimate 2.1 1.9 2.2 1.8 2.1
Standard deviation 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.4 0.3
Number of replies 60 60 55 53 45
Probability distributions 2006 2007 2006 Q4 2007 Q4 2010
<0.0% 0.2 0.8 0.2 0.30.5
0.0-0.4% 0.4 1.2 0.5 0.91.2
0.5-0.9% 1.1 2.8 1.2 4.33.6
1.0-1.4% 5.2 12.0 6.3 13.611.3
1.5-1.9% 28.4 36.8 25.7 37.531.5
2.0-2.4% 49.4 33.3 45.9 29.931.0
2.5-2.9% 12.6 9.7 16.1 10.014.0
3.0-3.4% 2.0 2.3 3.2 2.54.7
3.5-3.9% 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.61.7
>4.0% 0.3 0.5 0.3 0.40.5
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Unemployment rate forecasts

The unemployment rate is defined as the number of unemployed, according to the ILO's definition, as a percentage of the labour force, as published by Eurostat.

2006 Q2 unemployment rate forecasts
  2006 2007 Feb. 2007 Feb. 2008 2010
Mean point estimate 8.1 7.9 8.0 7.7 7.2
Standard deviation 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.5
Number of replies 59 58 53 46 43
Probability distributions 2006 2007 Feb. 2007 Feb. 2008 2010
<5.5% 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.11.0
5.5-5.9% 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.42.1
6.0-6.4% 0.1 0.3 0.2 1.47.4
6.5-6.9% 0.4 2.1 1.2 4.814.3
7.0-7.4% 2.3 10.4 7.1 14.825.5
7.5-7.9% 25.6 37.3 36.1 39.325.4
8.0-8.4% 55.0 37.4 43.0 29.915.7
8.5-8.9% 13.5 9.3 9.6 6.75.6
9.0-9.4% 1.9 1.9 1.7 1.62.1
9.5-9.9% 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.60.9
10.0-10.4% 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.20.2
10.5-10.9% 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.10.0
>11.0% 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00.0
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0