SECO downgraded Swiss GDP growth forecasts for 2022 from 2.6% to 2.0%. For 2023, GDP growth projection was also lowered from 1.9% to 1.1%. CPI forecasts for 2022 was raised from 2.5% to 3.0%, and for 2023 up from 1.4% to 2.3%.
It said, “after a positive first half of the year 2022, the Swiss economy now faces a deteriorating outlook. A tense energy situation and sharp price increases are weighing on economic prospects, especially in Europe.”
It also warned of risks from “serious gas or electricity shortages” in Europe, and “large-scale production stoppages and a marked downturn”. Such a negative scenario would likely lead to “high domestic price pressures” and “downward trend in the economy economy. With rising interest rates, ” risks associated with the surge in global debt are intensifying.