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Belgium: Economic growth accelerates in Q1

April 30, 2015

According to a preliminary estimate released by the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) on 30 April, GDP in Q1 expanded a seasonally-adjusted 0.3% over the previous quarter. The result came in above the 0.2% expansion registered in Q4.

Compared to the same period last year, GDP growth decelerated from 1.0% in Q4 to 0.9% in Q1, which marked the slowest growth rate in over one year. More detailed data will be published on 4 June.

The Federal Planning Bureau (FPB) expects the economy to increase 1.5% in 2015. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect the economy to expand 1.3% in 2015, which is unchanged over the previous month’s Consensus. For 2016, the panel expects economic growth to pick up to 1.6%.

Author: Angela Bouzanis, Senior Economist

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Belgium GDP Q1 2015

Note: Quarter-on-quarter changes of seasonally-adjusted GDP in %.
Source: National Bank of Belgium (NBB) and FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast.

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