TBILISI, July 31- Georgia's economic growth slowed to 2.6 percent in the first half of this year compared with 6 percent in the same period last year, the National Statistics service said on Friday. Gross domestic product grew 4.7 percent last year, missing the government's initial forecast of 6 percent. Georgia, which is traversed by pipelines carrying Caspian...» Read More
Philippe Gudin, head of euro area economics at Barclays, says he is "surprised" at the timing of the Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgrade of the Netherlands, as he expects a rebound in growth next year.
Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign ratings officer at Standard and Poor's (S&P), explains that the Netherlands was downgraded because of its growth potential, but that it has a stable ratings outlook due to its policy commitment.
Rahul Bajoria, regional economist at Barclays, discusses the Indian economy and says that growth will remain slow for a "fairly long period", despite certain sectors having already hit the bottom.
Alberto Gallo, head of European macro credit research markets at RBS, says the European Central Bank will announce positive growth and inflation forecasts.
Jeff Ng, economist at Standard Chartered, expects the Philippines' fourth quarter GDP to be minimally impacted by the typhoon and says 2014 reconstruction could be accretive to the country's growth.
Bob McKee, chief economist at Independent Strategy, casts doubts on the sustainability of the U.K.'s recovery, as the housing market remains "lumpy."
Robert Wood, chief U.K. economist at Berenberg Bank, reacts to the U.K. GDP figure and says that while it is the start of a long-lasting recovery, it is also fragile as it is driven by domestic consumption.
Luciano Jannelli, chief economist at MIG Bank, says the strengthening of the German economy is being driven by exports, as domestic demand remains weak.
Chris Williamson, global chief economist at Markit, comments on the latest French PMI release and says that it's running at a level "consistent with a contraction" in GDP.
The Kudlow Report's Larry Kudlow sees 3 percent GDP ahead. Steven Ricchiuto, Mizuho Securities, and Joe Lavorgna, Deutsche Bank, weigh in on the wave of economic indicators.
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Kit Juckes, global head of foreign exchange strategy at Societe Generale, says the European recovery is beginning to "top out at a miserably low rate", raising doubts long-term growth forecasts can be achieved.
Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg, says that while the European recovery is weaker than expected, it¿s still on track.
Arvind Ramakrishnan, head of Asia at Maplecroft, explains how the Philippines' "catastrophic" devastation will impact its economy -- especially its food and beverage sector.
Brian Wesbury, First Trust Advisors, and Steve Forbes, Forbes Media, discuss economic growth in the U.S.
CNBC's Rick Santelli and Steve Liesman talk about a better-than-expected GDP number and the ECB's decision to drop rates .25 percent. Also, initial jobless claims are down 9,000 to 336,000.
James Thom, Investment Manager at Aberdeen Asset Management, Asia says he isn't massively adjusting his approach on Indonesia despite slowing growth and inflation risks.
James Knightley, U.K. economist at ING Wholesale Banking, says U.K. employment and investment spending will pick up as services grow strongly and that GDP will be stronger than in most developed countries.
Louis Kuijs, chief China economist at RBS, discusses the issues facing the Chinese economy and the government's firmer monetary stance.