Sweden Economic Outlook
October 27, 2020A mild economic recovery appeared to take hold in Q3, following the previous quarter’s domestic demand-led contraction. In August, industrial output expanded briskly on a monthly basis, while annual retail sales continued their healthy growth trend. In September, the manufacturing PMI hit a 22-month high, with an uptick in demand and increased production driving the improvement. Moreover, despite the unemployment rate matching June’s over 10-year high in September, both consumer and business confidence continued to climb further in the same month, boding well for household and capital spending in Q4. However, a recent escalation of new infections is prompting renewed recommendations against public meetings and non-essential travel between outbreak hotspots, although more stringent measures as seen in other European countries are unlikely to be enforced.
Sweden Economic GrowthThe economy is projected to rebound in 2021 as the restrictive impact of the pandemic recedes. Private consumption and fixed investment should expand strongly, while continued public spending will further bolster the recovery in domestic demand. However, uncertainty around the evolution and duration of the pandemic clouds the outlook markedly. FocusEconomics panelists see GDP expanding 3.6% in 2021, which is down 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and 2.7% in 2022.
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Sweden Economic News
April 30, 2021
The economic tendency indicator came in at 113.4 in April, up from March’s 105.8 and marking the strongest sentiment since February 2011.
April 29, 2021
The economy expanded 1.1% in the first quarter of 2021 in seasonally-adjusted quarter-on-quarter terms, according to preliminary figures released by Statistics Sweden.
April 27, 2021
At its meeting on 27 April, the Riksbank kept its monetary policy unchanged, maintaining its key repo rate at 0.00% and continuing its asset purchasing program. The decision reflected controlled inflation expectations for the year and a stronger-than-expected economic recovery in the first quarter of 2021.
April 14, 2021
Consumer prices with a fixed interest rate rose 0.17% in March over the previous month, moderating from the 0.30% increase recorded in February.
April 8, 2021
Industrial production rose 1.0% month-on-month in seasonally-adjusted terms in February, contrasting January’s 1.0% decrease.