Soft Patch


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Soft Patch

A period of weak economic performance amid a longer strong performance. That is, a soft patch is mild slowdown between two periods of high economic growth. Central banks usually cut target interest rates during a soft patch to encourage a return to growth. The term is somewhat informal and usually used in the media and by the Federal Reserve.
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However, even using the soft patch or EWARP requires work controls and quality assurance to ensure an effective, temporary repair.
The economy continued to recover after emerging from a soft patch that had persisted since the summer of 2004, he said.
But by the summer's end, it had come out of the soft patch and was fully in gear.
Policymakers have highlighted the risk of slowing household spending dragging down the wider British economy and warned the downturn could be more than just a temporary soft patch
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That, of course, will depend on the economy and on just how temporary the soft patch is.
Paint a small circle of tincture of iodine on a soft patch of skin and see how long it takes to disappear.
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In 1976, workers struck a soft patch of rock, and 80 tons of water per minute pounded into the tunnel.
Partial data suggest a significantly stronger increase in the second quarter, as the economy, as expected, accelerated out of its soft patch around the turn of the year.