Fiscal Balance in Armenia
After Q4’s deceleration, data points to a further slowdown in Q1. Economic activity growth averaged lower in the quarter compared with Q4 due to weaker expansions in retail sales and industrial production. That said, a broad-based improvement across most sectors in March, coupled with stronger credit growth throughout the quarter, suggests that the economy strengthened heading into Q2. In other news, tensions with Azerbaijan have escalated. On 11 April, deadly fire broke out between the two countries close to the contested Lachin Corridor. Each side blamed the other for the clash, which was the deadliest since last September. Later, on 23 April, Azerbaijan established a checkpoint on the Corridor, which has fueled tensions further and will likely take a toll on trade in the region.
Armenia Fiscal Balance Chart
Armenia Fiscal Balance Data
|Fiscal Balance (% of GDP)||-4.8||-1.6||-0.8||-5.1||-4.5|