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The CAARs during -30, -2 for the expansion and contraction phases are -6.
Figure 7 shows that the contraction phase in C2 (August 1994 to September 1995) overlaps with a cyclic expansion phase in softwood lumber imports from Canada.
Japan's economy is likely to have entered a contraction phase, partly dragged down by sluggish manufacturing and exports amid a slowdown in global economic growth, a government report released Tuesday showed.
The performances of France and Italy deteriorated sharply and Spain stayed stuck in a contraction phase with output falling sharply in both services and factories.
This contraction phase is the process of capitalism known as creative destruction, and it is the essential foundation for future growth.
In the USA, the expansion phase is now 57 months while it lasted 25 months before the Second World War; the contraction phase is now 10, although it was 23 months before the War.
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But they are least effective during the initial contraction phase of a recession, when employers are cutting back or freezing their staff numbers.
Moreover, historical experience across the OECD indicates that the contraction phase of the real house price cycle is typically around five years.
housing market now is in the contraction phase of the most pronounced housing cycle since the Great Depression," said Seiders.
One may, to conclude, say that economic sociology is in the contraction phase when it comes to the coordination of our works on markets.
What needs to be emphasized is that the transition of the Greater Lane County residential market to the contraction phase of the real estate cycle has been soft, gradual and orderly, and that there is no evidence to suggest a sudden deterioration.