Israel Economic Outlook
November 3, 2020The latest data suggests tepid activity in the third quarter. The State of the Economy Index declined in July and only recorded mild rises in August and September. Moreover, September’s reading—which is calculated in part using backward-looking data for August—likely does not fully incorporate the impact of the second nationwide lockdown in place from mid-September. Looking to the fourth quarter, while the lockdown was eased somewhat in mid-October, remaining restrictions will still be severely curtailing the services sector. In politics, disagreement between Prime Minister Netanyahu and his coalition partner Benny Gantz over the budget process has raised political uncertainty and is hampering the government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. If a budget for the current year is not passed by 23 December, fresh elections will be triggered, which could further increase instability.
Israel Economic GrowthEconomic output will tumble this year due to the double lockdown. However, the economy should rebound next year amid the likely lifting of restrictions and strong gas exports. Downside risks include volatile regional geopolitics, political instability amid a fractured parliament, and a potential prolongation of Covid-19 restrictions. FocusEconomics analysts estimate the economy expanding 4.2% in 2021, up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast, before growing 4.2% in 2022.
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Israel Economic News
January 20, 2021
The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), produced by Bank Hapoalim and the Israeli Purchasing & Logistics Managers Association (IPLMA), fell from 57.1 in November to 50.9 in December, the lowest reading since July.
January 15, 2021
Consumer prices fell 0.10% from the previous month in December, a softer drop than the 0.20% fall seen in November.
January 13, 2021
Merchandise exports soared 14.1% annually in December (November: -3.0% year-on-year).
January 4, 2021
At its 4 January meeting, the Bank of Israel (BoI) left the policy rate at 0.10%.
December 27, 2020
The Bank of Israel’s Composite State of the Economy Index expanded 0.67% in November (October: +0.02% mom), amid the easing of the second lockdown from late-October.