Hong Kong Economic Forecast

Hong Kong Economic Outlook

September 21, 2021

After GDP growth lost some traction in the second quarter amid a weaker external sector, year-on-year growth has likely lost further momentum in the third quarter, largely due to a slightly less favorable base effect. Annual retail sales slumped to a six-month low in July, potentially pointing towards a slowdown in private spending, while both merchandise imports and exports lost steam. More positively, in the same month the unemployment rate reached its joint-lowest level since April 2020, while the manufacturing PMI hit the highest reading in over seven years amid faster increases in output and new orders. Moreover, authorities announced travelers from China will no longer need to quarantine starting from 8 September, which should provide some respite for the ailing tourism sector.

Hong Kong Economic Growth

The economy is projected to recover lost ground this year as it leaves behind its two-year-long recession, with stronger activity at home and abroad spurring private spending and external demand. In 2022, although GDP growth is expected to moderate, it should remain robust. That said, uncertainty over the course of the pandemic remains a risk to the outlook. The FocusEconomics panel projects the economy to rebound and grow 6.4% in 2021. In 2022, the panel sees growth moderating to 3.1%, which is up 0.1 percentage points from the previous month’s forecast.

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