Virus-hit corporate profits seen sliding further in Europe

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Companies listed on the pan-European STOXX 600 (STOXX) are now expected to report a 44.9% decline in earnings in the second quarter, down from a 40.4% drop forecast the week before.

For the third quarter, analyst expectations are now set for a 32.7% fall in earnings versus 29.1% a week ago.

While many governments in Europe have announced or started to implement strategies to gradually ease lockdowns set up to flatten the curve of the epidemic, there is currently little hope the economy will bounce back, let alone return to normal, before the first quarters of 2021.

Before the outbreak, analysts were expecting Europe to end in the first quarter a corporate recession, which lasted throughout 2019.

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