Research Briefing | Dec 21, 2021

European cities medium-term outlook remains stable amid rising infections

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In spite of global supply-side issues and another wave of Covid-19 infections at the end of 2021, we expect GDP in 22 of Europe’s 25 major cities to exceed pre-pandemic levels by 2022. Over the next five years, economic growth will be led by a group of eastern cities (Warsaw, Sofia, Prague), with Madrid and Barcelona also forecast to see fast expansion.

What you will learn:

  • All major European cities will see above-trend GDP growth in 2022.
  • Over the medium term the eastern cities will lead economic growth, and among the western cities we forecast Madrid, Barcelona, and London to perform strongly.
  • In terms of office-based sectors, we forecast London and Madrid will see the largest numbers of new jobs by 2026, with Paris, Budapest and Barcelona also making sizeable gains.
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