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Delo Poll: Economic Outlook Deteriorates Further

Ljubljana, 05 July (STA) - Economic expectations in Slovenia deteriorated further in June, as the economic outlook index was at 35 out of maximum 100 points, a drop of one point compared to May, a survey carried by daily Delo on Monday found. The index inched closer to the lowest index of 33 measured last October.

The index is created on the basis of three questions relating to the quality of life in general, outlook for the economic situation in Slovenia and household spending this year.

Compared to the previous month, the shares of those who believe they are worse off than before the crisis and those who see no change increased in June to 39.4% and 47.4%, respectively.

Meanwhile, only 2.5% of the 352 people polled by the Delo Stik pollsters between 29 June and 1 July said they lived better than before the economic crisis.

Expectations for future economic situation in Slovenia remain low. The share of those who expect the situation to deteriorate increased to 56.3%, the share of those who expect it to remain the same stands at 22.6%.

The indicators for household spending in 2010 remained the same as in May. Almost 36% of those polled will spend the same amount of money as they did last year, and 35% plan to spend less.

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